Saturday, May 30, 2009

Health care by the numbers

$2.2 trillion: How much was spent on health care in the U.S. in 2007 ($7,421 per person.)

$4.27 trillion: How much the U.S. is projected to spend on health care in 2017.

$56 billion: The total amount of uncompensated care provided for the uninsured in 2008. (60 percent provided by hospitals.)

86.7 million: The number of people in the U.S. who lived without health insurance for part or all of 2007-08.

1.5 million: How many U.S. families lose their homes to foreclosure per year because of medical bills they can't afford.

14,000: The number of people in the U.S. estimated to be losing their health coverage every day due to recent turmoil in the job market.

$12,680: The average cost of family health coverage through employer-based plans in 2008.

$1,525: The cost of health care built into the price of every General Motors car.

120 percent: How much the employee's share of health coverage through company plans has risen since 2000. (Workers' average out-of-pocket medical costs have risen 115 percent since 2000.)

45: The number of U.S. states in which insurance companies are allowed to spend less than 75 cents of every dollar paid in premiums on their customers' medical care.

25 percent: How many more adults without health insurance are likely to die prematurely than those who are insured.

4.3: America spends 4.3 times more on health care than it does on national defense.

2.5: The uninsured often pay 2.5 times more for their medical care than the insured do, because they don't get the reduced rates insurance companies negotiate for their customers.

Sources: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Families USA, Illinois PIRG, U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Coalition on Health Care, Center for American Progress Action Fund.

This list of statistics were taken from a larger article regarding the rising number of uninsured in America. Read the entire article here.

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