Over the past year, each and every one of us has taken stock and it would be fair to say that a lot more of us prioritize our health and wellbeing than before. However, the past year has also shown the cracks in our healthcare systems, no matter what country we live in. But we all know that the US is a bit… ‘unusual’ with how they approach healthcare.
The country spends the most on healthcare, per capita, than any other developed nation; however, the end result isn’t better care but higher prices, according to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Tumblr user Avilociraptor opened up about the American healthcare system and how, in their experience, even “one of the most top-tier insurance plans available” wasn’t enough for them to get a meeting with their doctor immediately. Check out Avilociraptor’s story below, let us know what you think, and share your own experiences with health insurance in the comments, dear Pandas.
The US healthcare system is very wasteful. And even “top-tier” insurance plans don’t guarantee that you’ll see a doctor soon, as one person detailed
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The Center for American Progress explains that the type of insurance coverage (private vs. public) you have, as well as where you live affects the average wait times to see a doctor.
Meanwhile, according to the Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker, in 2019, health spending per person in the US was 10,966 dollars.
That sounds like a lot, and it is, but the real size becomes apparent when you compare it to the country with the next highest per capita health spending, Switzerland. US spending is a whopping 42 percent bigger than Switzerland’s which came in at second place.
What’s more, wealthy countries spend, on average, only half of what the US does on healthcare per person. Unfortunately, higher spending doesn’t translate into better, faster, more approachable healthcare for everyone in the US.
The New York Times reported on a study about how around 20 to 25 of American healthcare spending, or at least 760 billion dollars per year, is “wasteful” and could be cut out. So even small savings-focused changes to the system would have huge effects.
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