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"Four Undeniable Signs the U.S. Health Care System Is Broken"

NBC News interviewed Dr. Thomas Rice, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health distinguished professor of health policy and management, about how the U.S. healthcare system and results compare to those of other wealthy countries

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Over two-thirds of Americans believe they pay too much for the quality of health care they receive, according to a 2021 West Health-Gallup Poll. Almost half of Americans feel even worse about the U.S. health care system as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost one-third of Americans said they avoided seeking treatment within the past three months due to the high cost of health care.

Clearly, the American health care system isn't working in a way that helps people. Here are four signs that something needs to change.

Americans spend more on health care than any other people — about one-sixth of our nation’s GDP. According to Thomas Rice, Ph.D., at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, our health care expenses are double that of other wealthy nations, like Germany, Japan and the U.K.