National Healthcare Spending

National Health Care Spending
Americans are told that their healthcare is the best in the world and in terms of research, technology, and advances in surgery that may be true.   But here are some numbers that show another side of America‚Äôs healthcare story, 47 million Americans under the age of 65 lack health insurance (Unknown (1), 2004).   Americans spent $2 trillion annually on health care and yet   ranks 23rd in infant mortality, 20th in life expectancy for women, 21st in life expectancy for men, and 67th in immunizations, right behind Botswana (Battista & McCabe, 1999) and (Barrett, 2008).   The Social Security Administration predicts that nearly 80 million Americans will retire and become eligible for benefits over the next two decades, that is an average of more than 10,000 a day (United States Government Accountability Office, 2008).   These numbers do not even take into account the amount that employers pay for health coverage for their employees.  

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