Emory Health Magazine | Summer 2009

A Conversation We Need To Have: Health Care

It's broken, and it needs fixing. That much everyone can agree on when it comes to health care in the United States. Much of the conversation about reform centers on cost, but access and quality of care are key factors too.

Any serious discussion has to start with where we are now, and it's not good. The United States is spending $2 trillion a year (almost $8,000 per person). We spend more than any of the other top 20 developed nations, but our health outcomes scrape the bottom of the barrel compared with theirs. Medicare and Medicaid account for 23% of federal spending, almost 6% of GDP, but Americans receive only half the screening and preventive care recommended for each age group. Read more >



Summer 2009

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