ESCAPE FIRE exposes the perverse nature of American healthcare, contrasting the powerful forces opposing change with the compelling stories of pioneering leaders and the patients they seek to help. The film is about finding a way out. It’s about saving the health of a nation.
We now spend 20 percent of our GDP—an estimated $2.8 trillion for 2013—on health care. It’s time to cut through the policy debate and follow the money. A special report on why our medical bills are so expensive.
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Health Care Spending Distribution by Category – CMS
Posted: 10/03/2013 9:08 am EDT | Updated: 11/11/2013 4:23 pm EST
The U.S. leads the world in health care spending, but we don’t live very long, and going to the doctor is so expensive that we don’t do it very often. So where is the money going?
Not toward obesity-related diseases or unnecessary tests and treatments, as the writer John Green pointed out in a recent video explainer. From Lipitor to childbirth to colonoscopies — everything just costs a whole lot.
As congressional Republicans continue to keep the federal government closed following misguided attempts to defund the most significant health care reform in decades, here are some illustrations of the wasteful spending.
Infographics by Jan Diehm for The Huffington Post.