The United States Healthcare System

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The United States healthcare system is one of the most expensive systems in the world with 16% of its gross domestic product (GDP) assigned to it, it is expected that this spending may increase up 20% of the US GDP by 2016.1 Unfortunately, despite the large amount of money delegated to this system there are still widening gap in health disparities existing in the US, based on geographical areas, race/ethnic groups or class.2 Other factors such as genetics, social circumstances, environmental exposures, behavioral patterns, and lopsided access to opportunities encourage such disparities.1,3 The number of people that do not have access to healthcare in the US is alarming, for instance in 2005 about 40 million Americans did not receive healthcare services because of their inability to purchase health insurance policy and/or pay out of pocket.1
Most communities located around the countryside have endured from inadequate access to both preventative and clinical care.2-3 Relatively, most rural communities does not have fully equipped health centers that can care for emergency situations; community members make long trip to the city hospital in other to access emergency care.1-2 People with lower socio-economic status tend to have high disease rates which results in more health needs and, yet they have limited access to quality care due to high cost.3 The impact of the uneven healthcare access is felt more by most racial/ethnic minorities’ because of their health care burden.2-3
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