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Goodnow offers thoughts on fixing American health care

By John Goodnow


The No. 1 American health care problem is the cost of American health care and the lack of affordability for Americans.


As reported in Becker’s Hospital Review, 41 percent of health care spending is attributed to 12 percent of Americans, according to a new study. U.S. adults with five or more chronic conditions spend 14 times more on health services on average than those with no chronic conditions, according to a new RAND Health report prepared for the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease.

For the study, researchers analyzed the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey from the Agency for Health care Research and Quality. The study revealed 60 percent of U.S. adults had at least one chronic condition in 2014, the most recent year data is available. Forty-two percent of U.S. adults had more than one chronic condition, according to the study.