February 7, 2006

U.S. Healthcare Fun Facts!

Filed under: Random Stuff — Bob Gifford @ 9:28 pm

Share these fun facts with your friends and family!

  • Close to 46 million people under 65 did not have health insurance in 2004, an increase of over 6 million people since 2000. This represents 18% of the under-65 population, or about 1 out of six Americans not covered by Medicare.
  • Employer-sponsored healthcare covered 66% of the nonelderly in 2000, but only 61% in 2004.
  • Mortality rates for those covered by health insurance are 10-15% lower than for those without insurance.
  • Employees’ share of employer-sponsored healthcare costs for a family of four rose $1,000 between 2000 and 2004, to $2,713.
  • 70% of the uninsured come from families with one or more full-time workers, and another 13% from families with part-time workers.
  • Patients with colorectal cancer without insurance are 70% more likely to die than patients with private insurance.
  • 29% of American adults report that someone in their household skipped medical treatment, cut pills, or didn’t fill a prescription in the past year because of cost.
  • 40% of Americans are “very worried” they won’t be able to afford medical care when they are elderly, and 37% are “very worried” they won’t be able to afford medical care in the event of a serious illness.
  • Healthcare costs have been growing 2.5% faster than incomes in the U.S. for decades.
  • Healthcare consumed 5% of U.S. GDP in 1960, 16% in 2005, and at current trends will consume more than one-third of GDP in 2030.
  • The U.S. spent more than twice as much as the U.K. per capita on healthcare, but had a lower average life expectancy.

Sources: Kaiser Family Foundation, the University of California Santa Cruz Atlas of Gobal Inequality, and the Brookings Institution.


  1. Thanks for the stats. I work as a chaplain in a non profit hospital in a suburb of
    a large city in Texas. The healtcare situaion is as bad as you stated. I hope people are listening,
    especially our politicians. I am not wise enough to figure out who to blame–Insurance
    companies, Physicians, Lawyers,???? Beats me. But it’s bad and I see no end in sight.

    Comment by Alan — March 9, 2006 @ 9:14 am

  2. But—But— at least the upper crust have their tax cuts and go to their churches on Sunday and thank God for his blessing with the encouragement of their clergy, who specialize in comforting the comfortable and afflicting the afflicted.

    Comment by Toes — March 25, 2006 @ 12:35 pm

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