.. America's Very Broken Healthcare System
The country spends significantly more on healthcare related costs than
comparable countries .. The significant healthcare spending costs in the
US do not translate to better health outcomes .. 1 in 10 US adults,
have significant debt from medical expenses .. 4 in 10 US adults, or
41%, reported having medical or dental debt .. Thousands of Americans
are forced to crowdfund for assistance with high medical bills and costs
.. The majority of crowdfunding campaigns for medical expenses fail ..
Americans pay higher prices for prescription drugs than any other country
.. These high costs often result in Americans filing for bankruptcy due
to the burden of medical debt .. 530,000 bankruptcies filed by individuals
every year are due, at least in part, to medical debt. As debt for
individuals continues to pile up, hospitals go out of their way to
collect .. At least two-thirds of hospitals sue patients over medical
bills .. A quarter of hospitals sell patients' debts to debt collectors ..
Medical costs are the largest contributor to personal debt in the US,
surpassing all other debt in collections combined .. Americans either
ration medication or delay medical treatment because of the high costs ..
25% of Americans reported they or a family member delayed treatment for a
serious medical condition due to the potential high cost .. Numerous news
reports in the US in recent years have exposed harrowing instances of
exorbitant medical bills, costs, and unethical business practices rampant
in the US healthcare industry .. 1 in 3 Americans ages 50 and older have
forgone food to be able to pay for healthcare ..
> .. Greed and Chronic Pain Within US Health Care System ..