Just the Facts on Healthcare

Contributed by Olga Vanucci.

  • In 2017, 8.8% of people, or 28.5 million people, did not have health insurance at any 
  • point during the year.  
  • In 2017, employer-based insurance covered just 56% of the population, followed by Medicaid (19%), Medicare (17%), direct-purchase coverage (16%), and military coverage (5%).
  • Between 2016 and 2017, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased in 3 states and increased in 14 states.
  • About 43 million Americans have unpaid medical debt.  This includes people who have insurance.
  • About one in six Americans received a surprise out-of-network medical bill in 2017 after being treated in a hospital, even though they had insurance.
  • The top 25 countries with the best healthcare systems have this in common:  they all provide universal healthcare. The U.S. is not in the top 25.





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