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their last two years of life account for about 32% of total Medicare spending, much of it going toward physician and hospital fees associated with repeated hospitalizations” (The Dartmouth Atlas of Healthcare 2013). Finally, high administrative costs are another factor associated with the inflating costs of U.S. health care. The majority of U.S. citizens have health insurance, but premiums and co-pays are constantly on the rise, and the quality of the insurance policies is failing the ones insured. High cost is the main reason Americans have problems accessing healthcare. Low income household are much more likely to report not having the ability to visit a physician while sick, getting a recommended test, treatment, or follow-up care; filling a prescription; and seeing a
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Cope 3 United States Healthcare System dentist. 59 percent of physicians in the U.S. reported acknowledgement that their patients have difficulty paying. The lack of health insurance has had an overwhelming impact on the U.S. economy. Health insurance coverage is uneven and often minorities and the poor are not covered. “Forty million workers, nearly two out of every five, do not have access to paid sick leave. Experts suggest that the economic pressure to go to work even when sick can prolong pandemics, reduce productivity, and drive up health care costs” (National Partnership for Women and Families, July 2011). Due to the high costs of healthcare and insurance, the percentage of
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