According to a National Center for Health Statistics report, life expectancy in 2016 averaged 78.6 years — a 0.1-year decrease from 2015. “That’s not a whole lot, but when you’re talking about it in terms of a population, you’re talking about a significant number of potential lives that aren’t being lived,” Robert Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the NCHS, said. Continue reading “Two Year Drop in American Life Expectancy Results from Opioid Abuse Crisis”
In a free market, goods and services are allocated through transactions based on mutual consent. No one is forced to buy from any one supplier. No one is forced to engage in any transaction at all. In a free market, no transactions occur if a price cannot be agreed. Today when the consumer receives health care, it is not an arm’s length transaction. America does not have a free market health care system.
In a November 2017 article in JAMA reporting the study of US health care spending from 1996 through 2013,the author noted, “Price and the variety and complexity of services is the largest driver of health care spending increases. In fact, more than half of the total spending increase was due to price and intensity increases, which contributed $583.5 billion to the $933.5 billion total increase. 
In America prices are too high for a number of reasons: lack of transparency, monopoly hospitals and other anti-competitive practices. Continue reading “Why are Healthcare Costs So High?”
A 2009 study in the American Journal of Public Health found that nearly 45,000 Americans died each year as a direct result of being uninsured. 32- year old Nikki White was one of these victims. Continue reading “The Uninsured – Senseless Death in America”
The United States spends almost twice as much on healthcare as a fraction of GDP and on a per person basis than the average of other economically developed nations without achieving substantially better health outcomes The United States spends significantly more on health care than of the other high income democracies. For 2016 the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reported that the United States spent 17.2% of its Gross Domestic Product on health care. These are comparisons of the health care spending for select countries as a percentage of each country’s GDP for 2016. The data was extracted from OECD Stats. Continue reading “US Wastes $ 1 Trillion a Year on Healthcare”