Health Care Services Are Unaffordable For Most People

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As we all know that health system quality assessment depend on three major cornerstones cost, quality and access. These three aspects are not separated and they all depend on each other. An interactive relationship exists among the health care cost, people ability to get health care facility when they need it and the quality of the delivered services. The United States is the only developed country that does not cover its citizen’s health coverage. In 2010, it is estimated that 50 million people are uninsured and other 30 million people are underinsured. Health care providers charge high prices to insurance companies and these prices are compensated through increased premiums. The health care services are unaffordable for most people. According to the organization for economic cooperation and development (OECD), the United States spend 17.7% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on health in 2011 more than any other country in the world. The average expenditure for 34 developed countries is 9.3% of GDP, which is mean that the United States, is the leading country in health expenditure. The private expenditure represents almost 60% of the total health expenditure, which is higher than any country in the world. The expenditure itself is not the only issue now but total expenditure growth from one year to another since 1970s is much more than other countries. Such expenditure should reflect on health quality but this is not the case in the United States. The infant
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