The health difference between rich and poor health in the United States is third largest next to Chile and Portugal. The reason for Chile and Portugal’s differences is due to the lack of social supports in their healthcare system.
Researchers have gone through various surveys based on health and income from people from thirty-two different countries. The discovery was that poor Americans had worse health that compared to wealthy Americans. The results of the poorest third of Americans showed that 38.2% had fair or poor health, compared to 12.3% from the richest third of Americans. These results put America at the bottom, behind Chile and Portugal. This enormous gap between Americans is due to many factors, including the excessive number of insured Americans, before the Affordable Care Act came out.
Another issue besides the high prices for health care is that society itself is a problem
The United States is lacking in providing social safety nets, including services and programs that help citizens from falling into the never-ending cycle of poverty, more so than other countries.
When compared to other high-income countries to compare how they spend their finances, like income support, housing, and nutrition. The finding was that the United States spent way less than these other countries.
The survey also showed that many Americans believe that people in the United States are without access to healthcare they need.
There are many reasons for this to be true. The first thought is the lack of concern, which might have caused the United States health care to have inequities. The second is that Americans just have become accustomed to the way health care is.
The thing to keep in mind is that these surveys were taken before the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These findings may be especially significant now. In good news, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a version of the American Care Act last month, that will undergo many ACA standards if the Senate decides to pass this particular bill.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that twenty-three million Americans will lose their insurance under this new bill.