The market-based health insurance system in the united states has caused a human rights crisis that deprives a large number of people of the health care they need the most visible problem is the 32 million people without health insurance the most distressing is the number of preventable deaths - up to 101,000 people per year - simply due to the way the health care system is organized.
Health insurance the united states is the only wealthy, industrialized nation that does not have a universal health care system source: institute of medicine.
Access to health services means the timely use of personal health services to achieve the best health outcomes evidence from primary care in the united states and the united kingdom fam med 2001 jan33(1):22-7 13starfield b primary care: balancing health needs, services and technology new york: oxford university press 1998. Health care in the united states is provided by many distinct organizations health care facilities are largely owned and operated by private sector businesses 58% of us community hospitals are non-profit, 21% are government owned, and 21% are for-profit.
“the united states trailed other countries in making health care affordable and ranked poorly on providing timely access to medical care (except specialist care),” the report reads.
A report released monday by a respected think tank ranks the united states dead last in the quality of its health-care system when compared with 10 other western, industrialized nations, the same.