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The problem and the way out...

The American healthcare system is openly in crisis. The public feels this and frustrations for many people have reached a boiling point. The crisis has two main drivers, which are closely interrelated.

First, costs associated with healthcare have become unbearable and there is no relief in sight. We’re spending $2 trillion dollars annually on healthcare, good for 17.6 percent of our GDP. That works out to $8,233 dollars for every man, woman, and child in the US, according to a recent report by PBS Newshour. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is an international economic group comprised of 34 member nations. Average healthcare spending in these countries is $3,286, so American per capita spending is 250% higher than the average. The next highest countries are Norway and Switzerland at $5,388 and $5,270, respectively.

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