Health Care Reform Trivia Part II: The Health Care Gap in the United States

 

Amount of GDP spent on healthcare in the U.S. in 2012: 17.6 cents for every $1

 

U.S. population in 2012: nearly 313 million
Number of people on Medicaid in 2012: 72.6 million (23.2 percent)
Number of people without health insurance in 2012: 48 million (15.3 percent)

 

Number of people who lost employee-sponsored health care from 2007-2009:  5 million
Percentage of Americans with employee-sponsored health care in 2009: 59 percent

 

Average percentage higher insurance rates paid by small businesses versus larger businesses: 18 percent

 

Percent of all people who did not receive or delayed needed medical care due to cost in 2011: 10.3%
Percent of uninsured people who delayed care due to cost in 2011: 33.3%

 

Health care gap for people with chronic illnesses and pre-existing conditions

Estimated ratio of Americans with a pre-existing condition: 1/2

 

Number of people with pre-existing conditions who are uninsured: up to 25 million 
Estimated number of children with pre-existing conditions who are uninsured: 2 million

 

Estimated percentage of uninsured with chronic illnesses who delayed care or did not fill prescriptions in 2009: 60 percent

 

Sample of pre-existing conditions triggering higher rates or denial of coverage by insurance companies before health care reform:

  • Arthritis
  • asthma
  • high cholesterol
  • hypertension
  • obesity
  • depression
  • anxiety disorders

Sources:

Kaiser Foundation
Huffington Post
Healthcare.gov
PBS.org
Health system Measurement Project
CNS News
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

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