10 statistics that show why we really need Medicare for All

By IN THESE TIMES STAFF, May 2019 RedditPrint

Today the House Rules Committee will hold its first-ever congressional hearing to discuss U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s (D-Wash.) Medicare for All Act of 2019, and on Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office will release a report addressing many of the key questions about single-payer healthcare. This discussion couldn’t come soon enough. Here’s a statistical snapshot of the gravity of America’s current healthcare crisis.

  • 28,300,000 – People uninsured in the United States in the first quarter of 2018.
  • 530,000 – Estimated number of families who file bankruptcy each year due to medical issues and bills
  • 44% – Americans who didn’t go to a doctor when they were sick or injured because of cost, according
  • 34% – Cancer patients who borrowed money from friends or family to pay for care in 2016
  • 79% – Increased death rate for cancer patients who filed for bankruptcy in 2016
  • $75,375 – Cost of a heart bypass operation in 2016 in the U.S.
  • $15,742 – Cost of a heart bypass operation in 2016 in the Netherlands
  • $1,443 – U.S. per capita spending on pharmaceutical costs in 2016, the highest in the world
  • 840% – Increase in spending for insulin from 2007 to 2017 on Medicare Part D (Medicare’s prescription drug plan)
  • $5,110,000,000,000 – Estimated 10-year cost savings of the single-payer healthcare system proposed in Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Act