Haves, Have-Nots and Healthcare

Featured in the NY Times-Business section, Dr. Aaron Carroll concludes with: “If we’re going to spend way more than any other country on health care, then we should absolutely, positively have the best health care system in the world. We don’t.”

Dr. Carroll highlights data from the journal Health Affairs that shows that even households with above-average income often struggle to afford the medical care they want. He writes: “It’s not just that more people in the U.S. report access issues because of cost than any other country. It’s that even those with “above average” incomes experience these barriers. In fact, more people with “above average” incomes in the U.S. experience cost-related access issues than people with “below average” incomes in seven of the other 10 countries. It’s not just that our poorer citizens can’t afford the care; our wealthier citizens can’t either.”