Category: Healthcare

Access to comprehensive, quality healthcare services is important for promoting and maintaining health, preventing and managing disease, reducing unnecessary disability and premature death, and achieving health equity for all Americans. It is our right to have access to healthcare whenever we need it; however, for many people across the world, this is simply not an option. Those living in poverty or dealing with the devastating effects of war and conflict do not have access to healthcare – even the most basic medical supplies are out of reach for many vulnerable people.

Health can be improved not only through the consumption of health
care services, but also through individual behavior and lifestyle choices such as quitting smoking, eating more nutritious foods, and getting more exercise. Health care has enhanced the health of our population; greater efficiency in the health care system, however, could yield even greater health for Americans without increasing health care spending. Rapid growth in health care costs and limited access to health insurance continue to present challenges to the health care system. Administration policies focus on reducing cost growth, improving, quality, and expanding access to health insurance through an emphasis on private sector and market-based solutions.

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Hospital Costs Should Be The Focus In The US Healthcare Debate

Over the past 20 years, the price of US hospital services has increased by more than 200%, compared with average inflation of 60%. Yet large hospital networks, which contribute three times more than drug prices to total US healthcare spending, have largely remained out of public and political scrutiny according to Nisarg Patel in the Financial Times....