Watch this video to get a first impression of the health care situation in America.
Read the short introductory text to get background information on health care in America.
Health care in the USA
Health care in the United States is provided by many separate legal entities. Health care facilities are largely owned and operated by the private sector. Health insurance is primarily provided by the private sector, with the exception of programmes such as Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Programmeand the Veterans Health Administration.
At least 15% of the population is completely uninsured and a substantial additional portion of the population is "underinsured", or less than fully insured for medical costs they might incur.
According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the United States is the "only wealthy, industrialised nation that does not ensure that all citizens have coverage" (i.e. some kind of insurance). The same Institute of Medicine report notes that "Lack of health insurance causes roughly 18,000 unnecessary deaths every year in the United States."
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