Poor Sick People: U.S Offers Raw Deal for Unhealthy If you're very sick and not very wealthy in America, your best move may be to just flee the country. Otherwise, expect to pay through the nose and possibly wind up deep in debt. That's the takeaway of newly released research from The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that seeks to improve poor people's access to quality health care.

Seeking to learn more about the experiences of sicker adults around the world, the group surveyed more than 18,000 adults who were in fair or poor health, had recently been hospitalized, and had had major surgery or a serious illness in the past year. The group looked at adults in 11 high-income countries where patients with complex care needs typically account for a disproportionate share of national health spending.

The findings: U.S. patients with complex care needs were much more likely than those in 10 other high-income countries to forgo needed treatment because of costs, according to the survey. Americans are also more likely to struggle with medical debt.

In fact, 27% of the Americans surveyed were unable to pay or encountered serious problems paying medical bills in the past year, compared with between 1% and 14% of adults elsewhere. In the U.S., 42% reported not visiting a doctor, filling a prescription, or getting recommended care because of cost issues -- at least twice the rate of every other country but Australia, New Zealand, and Germany.

"Given how much the U.S. spends on health care, one would expect better performance," says Michelle McEvoy Doty, Ph.D, vice president of Survey Research and Evaluation with The Commonwealth Fund.

Indeed, Americans spend more on healthcare than any other country: $7,960 per person in 2009, the latest figure available. Norway came in a distant second at $5,352, according to data cited by The Commonwealth Fund.

A big problem is the number of uninsured -- 50 million. Those folks typically get their health care in emergency rooms, which drives up costs for themselves, as well as for the hospitals and doctors that ultimately care for them.

"There is an unevenness in health care in the U.S., compared to other countries, says Elise Gould, director of health policy research with the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. "We have the best care in the world, but it really depends on who you are."




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Morris Cantonitis

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November 16 2011 at 1:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
martin

I will never own another credit card in my life, I will not keep my money in the bank, these peole can't be trusted they use our money to make money when you want to borrow money they charge you anywhere from 6% to 30%. and when you keep money in the bank they give you .01 to .03% gains then charge you another tax on the money your money supposedly made for you. its a lose lose situation. then they come up with a way to charge you even more by watching you with their credit reports. for anyone that doesn,t know everytime someone checks your credit report you lose points from your credit report and if you close a credit card you might even lose 100 points from your credit score. So what happens if i close six credit cards all at once. I,l probably get a call from my state farm telling me that my insurance premium just went up a thousand bucks. Gota Love it.

November 15 2011 at 5:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
martin

Like i said i have been workin since i was 17 payin ginto the medicare system ever since never had to go to the doc then came a time where i got laid off. For all you people that don't know what getting laid of means it means that you loose your medical benefits the same fricken week. Well i had to do some work on my car and since i was laid off i decided to do it myself., i ended up getting some rust in my eye in the process it was later in the evening so my doctor was closed and i didnt have any choice but to go to the ER Well let me tell you these peole are ridiculous for one they couldnt find anything in my eye but becasue they put some eyedrops in my eye and looked at my eye thru some microscope. For a 45 minute wait in the lobby and 10 mins with the doc and the eye drops i was charged 672 dollars. and have the bill to prove it. So for anyone talkin **** thru their ass that the system isn't Majorly Fd up Now for regular working people like me thats my friken house payment. So unless you work for Fannie mae or Freddie Mac making 900,000 dollars a year and get a 4 million dollar bonus each year. Kiss my ass.

November 15 2011 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ilm9p

Complete lies. The scum on welfare gets the same treatment as anybody else when they're hospitalized. And, and, they don't pay a dime. Not one thin dime!

November 15 2011 at 7:50 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
jamesgensch

The fact is older adults can not just move to new zeland and get that kind of medical care .nice anti american artical though.

November 14 2011 at 9:30 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Bitha

COSTS CAN NEVER GO MORE THEN WHAT PEOPLE CAN PAY

SO HOW DID IT HAPPEN??

Because the government got involved

subsidies


if you sell your product for $1 no subsides

but now the gov says they will give you an extra .50 for every one of your product so that "everyone" can have your product

sounds good EXCEPT STRINGS ALWAYS COME ATTACHED WITH THAT EXTRA .50

and that red tape increases your costs but the politician now gets to tell the people Look what I have done for you

and in return they vote for you etc etc

but in the meantime your problems with the gov grow

because now you THE BOSS, HAVE NOT ONLY 1 BOSS ) THE GOVERNMENT) but you have to answer to ALL IN THE GOVERNMENT

ALL THEIR WHIMS ANY FAVORS FOR THEM OR THEIR FAMILY ETC ETC

and then your competition cuts in and gets in the game

so now you have to HIRE LOBBYISTS ETCETC

and to pay for THEM YOU HAVE TO CHARGE MORE

but taxpayers ( who pay your subsidies ) dont want to pay more and complain

So the gov "cuts them a deal" too

WITH THEIR OWN TAX MONEY

SO MORE TAX MONEY IS NEEDED FOR THAT

AND IT KEEPS ESCALATING

NOT TO MENTION IF REAL FACTORS COME TO PASS, LIKE WEATHER DAMAGE TO WHATEVER MAKES YOUR PRODUCT etc etc

that raises the cost

So now that FAIR MARKET VALUED PRODUCT @ $1 IS GOING FOR 3.50


ONLY THE POLITICIANS WIN

AS THEY DONT EVEN LIVE BY THE LAWS THEY WRITE FOR US

November 14 2011 at 7:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bitha

socialism is the best way to fool people and to shut up the poor who the wealthy and middle class fear will rise up

so they act like socialism is the answer

while the fat cats still get the best the middle class who voted for socialism will regret it years from now WHEN HTEY NEED IT THE MOST

November 14 2011 at 7:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Barbara

A sure sign that a great nation is getting ready to fall is how their health care system works or in America's case doesn't work. Take a look at this country. 55% of all bankruptcy happen in this country because people can't pay their medical bills, not because they don't work, not because they are lazy, but because their insurance is a joke, doesn't pay enough of the medical expense, or is too expensive for the person to get. Pharmacutical companies have been knowed to charge up to $400.00 for a 30 day supply of medicine. Lord help that person if they don't have insurance.
Need I say more.

November 14 2011 at 5:17 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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seizeyalater

No, you needn't say more. Obamacare isn't the answer. Neither is single pay. The vast majority of people are insured. Their ability to access insurance should not impact the majority who already have it. This is what Obamacare will bring. Insured people have the right to keep our insurance. Due to Obamacare over 30% of corporations will take the fine and millions will enter the insurance exchange, which means more taxpayer funded premium subsidies that we can't afford. 19 million uninsured Americans will get their insurance through being put in Medicaid. Not only does Medicaid suck, but it puts more financial burden on already cash-strapped States.

There has to be a better way and I hope the Supreme Court tosses this out.

November 14 2011 at 7:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply