Rising Health Care and Poverty

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Rising Health Care and Poverty Rising Health Care and Poverty in the U.S.A Introduction Rising health care costs and poverty have been on the rise since the early, 1990’s. Medical costs have more than doubled over the last decade, and health insurance premiums have risen nearly five times faster than wages. Americans are spending far more on health care than residents of any other industrialized county while receiving lower quality care overall. Clemmitt, Marcia (2006, April 7) Rising health cost (vol.16, Issue 13). The census data for 2006 shows that 36.5 million Americans or about one in eight lived below the federal poverty like of $20,614 in income for a family of four. More than a third of them are children, and 3.4 are 65 and older. While the poverty rate continues to rise, the number of children without health care insurance continues to rise with it. Billiteri, J. Thomas (2007, September 7) Domestic Poverty ( Vol. 17, Issue 31). There is a direct correlation between poverty and rising health care costs that make it hard to afford the health care that is need for a family. This author wants to explore the affects this is having on our children, marriage and domestically. Review of literature Over the past 30 years researchers have demonstrated that the number of Americans without health insurance- mostly lower class has steadily risen. Economists estimate about 2 trillion will be spent on medical care in 2007. That is about $6,830 per person, which amounts to 16 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. Clemmitt, Marcia (2006, April 7) Rising health cost (vol.16, Issue 13). Recent reports from (Clemmit,2006) recognize the fact that rising health care costs have made health insurance too expensive for many employers to offer and health care itself too costly for tens of millions of Americans.

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