Healthcare In America
In Depth: Healthcare in America
America is without a question the leading country of medical and scientific advances. There always seem to be a new medical breakthrough every time you watch the news or read the paper, especially in the cure of certain diseases. However, the medical research requires an enormous amount of money. The U.S. spends the most money on health care yet many people, mainly the working class Americans are still without any type of health insurance and thus are more susceptible to health risks and problems.
Most Americans obtain health insurance from employers or government programs, but then there are those groups of Americans, approximately 41.2 million people in 2001, who are without health insurance. There has also been a shift in the typical uninsured individual, resulting in those whose annual income of $75,000 or more increasing 77% from 1995 to 2001 of the total number of uninsured people, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis. Thus, rather than the very poor or unemployed comprising the largest group of the uninsured, it is the middle, working class of people that are increasingly lacking health insurance. 49.6% of the uninsured are from the ages of 18 to 24, followed
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