I couldn’t find a figure in the report that listed how much Medicare was per person, but I took the total for Medicare expenditures and divided it by the United States population and found that the average cost for an individual person for Medicare is about $10,000. (3) p.113 Average cost annually for long term care (choose 5 states & report). The average cost for a stay at a nursing home for 2.5 years is $100,000 (Dychtwald). That breaks down to approximately $40,000 per year. Of course, this figure can fluctuate both ways depending on facilities and their amenities.
The author of the article goes on to say that people in the US are sentenced to do time for crimes that would not produce such a sentence in other countries. According to another article in the New York Times (2008), states spend close to ten percent of their budget on corrections (Liptak &, 2008). In 2007 alone, states spend close to $45 million tax dollars. Not only is simply housing an inmate costly, but healthcare also provides a financial burden. In 1998, the states paid a little over seven dollars a day per inmate for healthcare (Kinsella, 2004).
Another comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that recently determined that one-third of all health care consumed in the U.S. is unnecessary. That means that 33% of care covered by our insurance companies may not be medically necessary. It is no coincidence that over the last decade, hip replacements have increased by a third, knee replacements are up 70%, and MRI/CT/PET scans have
Every day more people die in America than are born. Any increases in population since 1972 have been due to immigration.2 The sociological perils we face are not those of population explosion, but population reduction. The Population Research Institute agrees, and concluded, “Our long-term problem is not too many children, but too few children.”3 The legalization of abortion resulted in a drastic reduction of the number of children in this country. By 1980 there were 6.5 million fewer school-age children in America than just a decade earlier. This required the closing of nine-thousand elementary schools.4 Legalized abortion has resulted in over 46 million fewer taxpayers in America to support the elderly.
Web. 28 Oct. 2010. http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/feb2009/suic-f04.shtml. In this article Mr. Cogan talks about the army suicide rate, it is higher than the general American population. “The rate has been calculated as 20.2 per 100,000 soldiers, compared with 19.5 per 100,000 civilians”. Mr. Cogan also states that in 2008 an estimated 30 percent of soldiers took their own lives while on deployment and that another 35 percent committed suicide after returning home.
(2009) Many children covered by the SCHIP program are from families with incomes that exceed the limit to receive Medicaid but are too low to afford private health insurance. Under this program the states receive federal funds to provide medical insurance and health care to children who are uninsured. It has been estimated that nearly seventy five percent of children are eligible for Medicaid or SCHIP but are not even enrolled (Mooney et al.,
In the end, there would be very few left in the private system (Clemmit). Even if the drop in the privatized sector were slow, it would still surely happen. An similar example can be seen when subsidies government hospitals started appearing: "After 60 years of subsidies for government-run hospitals, the number had fallen to about 10 percent... by the early 1990s government had taken over almost the entire hospital industry. That small portion of the industry that remains for-profit is regulated in an extraordinarily heavy way by federal, state and local governments so that many (perhaps most) of
In 2006 1/3 (about 29%) of claims paid by Medicare for “durable medical equipment” was incorrect for fiscal year 2006. Medicare and private health insurance companies pay nearly $16 billion a year for unnecessary tests doctors tell their patients they need. An estimated $23.7 billion in incorrect payments were made in 2007 including $10.8 billion in Medicare and $12.9 billion for Medicaid. From 2000 – 2007 478,500 claims were made and paid to dead physicians, this totaled $92 million. Improper payments to individuals, organizations, and contractors in 2009 totaled $98 billion, of that $54 billion were due to Medicare and Medicaid.
Asians is about 4 percent in Nassau and 8.4 percent Suffolk County. Long Island's median household income dropped 2.1 percent from 2009, to $86,328 last year. At the same time, the ranks of those without health insurance rose -- to 10.3 percent, from 9.6 percent. "We are dealing with a major crisis," said Suffolk Social Services Commissioner Gregory Blass, who said 12 percent of the population is now on Medicaid "and that's climbing. "How do we calculate the Federal Poverty Level?
Many insurance plans cover only a limited number of doctors’ visits or hospital days, exposing families’ to unlimited financial liability. Over half of all personal bankruptcies today are caused by medical bills. Lack of affordable health care is compounded by serious flaws in our health care delivery system. About 100,000 Americans die from medical errors in hospitals every year. One-quarter of all medical spending goes to administrative and overhead costs, and reliance on antiquated paper-based record and information systems needlessly increases these costs.