Thursday, February 11, 2021

America's Unequal Health System

 Further to the previous post on Trump's death toll the commission emphasized that the country entered the pandemic with an already degraded public health infrastructure. Between 2002 and 2019, US public health spending fell from 3.21% to 2.45% – approximately half the share of spending in Canada and the UK.

The commission found if US life expectancy was equivalent to the average in the other G7 countries, 461,000 fewer Americans would have died in 2018.

Between 2017 and 2018, the health insurance coverage rate decreased by 1.6 percentage points for Latinos – roughly 1.5 million people – and by 2.8 percentage points for Native American and Alaska native people, while remaining stable for the white population.

US could have averted 40% of Covid deaths, says panel examining Trump's policies | US news | The Guardian

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