Although millions of Americans delay medical treatment because of costs, The United States still spends more on healthcare in any developed country in the world, With fewer people covered and worse overall health outcomes achieved.
A 2017 analysis found that the United States ranks 24th in the world in achieving the health goals set by the United Nations. In 2018, $ 3.65 trillion was spent on healthcare in the U.S., and these costs are expected to grow at an annual rate of 5.5% over the next decade.
High health care costs cause Americans to become ill, delay or avoid or stop medical treatment. A 2009 study by researchers at Harvard Medical School found that 45,000 Americans die every year as a direct result of the lack of health insurance coverage.
In 2018, 27.8 million Americans went without any health insurance for a whole year. Many people are currently avoiding medical treatment for serious illnesses or are struggling to treat worsening diseases by delaying medical care because of the costs.
Healthcare is one of the most controversial issues surrounding the 2020 presidential election as Democratic candidates compete for policies to expand access to health care and reduce costs.