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Why are health care costs high?


Most countries in the developed world provide health care to every citizen as a matter of right. The United States, in contrast, has a substantial proportion of the population, 14% at any one time by one common estimate, that has neither health insurance as part of their Employee Benefits nor eligibility for a government health care program, and around 50% are considered under-insured. Those without any formal health care often turn to emergency rooms and county hospitals and simply do not pay their bills. In part because of this phenomena, the uninsured are typically charged rates for services far in excess of what the insured are billed, to reflect collection risks, and costs are typically shifted, to the extent possible, to more profitable operations in the medical system driving up costs for everyone and encouraging medical systems to try to divorce themselves from the emergency medicine system.

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