Soraya Ghebleh - Key Healthcare Statistics in the United States
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This is a compilation of statistics in US healthcare today, put together by Soraya Ghebleh.

This is a compilation of statistics in US healthcare today, put together by Soraya Ghebleh.

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  • 1. Key Statistics in US Healthcare Today Soraya Ghebleh
  • 2. The United States is the only wealthy, industrialized nation that does not have a universal health care system. Source:InstituteofMedicine
  • 3. Health care expenditures in the United States were nearly $2.6 trillion in 2010, an average of $8,402 per person. Source:CentersforMedicare& MedicaidServices
  • 4. 75% of all health care dollars are spent on patients with one or more chronic conditions, many of which can be prevented, including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, and cancer. Source:HealthAffairs
  • 5. Source:CDC,NCHSDataBrief, Number23,November2009 In 2005, the United States ranked 30th in infant mortality. Singapore has the lowest rate with 2.1 deaths per 1000 live births, while the United States has a rate of 6.9 deaths per 1000 live births. Infant mortality is considered an important indicator of the health of a nation.
  • 6. Nearly two-thirds, or 62%, of all bankruptcy filings in the United States in 2007 were due to illness or medical bills. Source:AmericanJournalof Medicine,June2009
  • 7. The primary reason given for lack of health insurance coverage in 2005 was cost (more than 50%), lost job or a change in employment (24%), Medicaid benefits stopped (10%), ineligibility for family insurance coverage due to age or leaving school (8%). Source:NationalCenterfor HealthStatistics
  • 8. Source:KaiserFamilyFoundation,May2012 Half of health care spending is used to treat just 5% of the population.
  • 9. Source:KaiserFamily Foundation,May2012 The share of the economy devoted to health care has increased from 7.2% in 1970 to 17.9% in 2009 and 2010.
  • 10. Source:KaiserFamily Foundation,May2012 The U.S. spends substantially more on health care than other developed countries. As of 2009, health spending in the U.S. was about 90% higher than in many other industrialized countries. The most likely causes are higher prices, more readily accessible technology, and greater obesity.
  • 11. Source:CIAFactbook(2011) Life expectancy at birth in the United States is an estimated 78.49 years, which ranks 50th in highest total life expectancy compared to other countries.
  • 12. Source:HarvardMedicalSchool Study,AmericanJournalofPublic Health,December2009 Lack of health insurance is associated with as many as 44,789 deaths per year in the United States.