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40% of American adults reported that they went without care in 2004 because of costs during the year. This rate is 4 times higher than in the U.K., the benchmark country.

Schoen C, Davis K, How S, Schoenbaum S. U.S. Health System Performance: A national scorecard. Health Aff. 2006; 25(6): 457-475. https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/10.1377/hlthaff.25.w457

Reference

Title
U.S. Health System Performance: A national scorecard
Publication
Health Aff
Publication Date
2006
Authors
Schoen C, Davis K, How S, Schoenbaum S
Volume & Issue
Volume 25, Issue 6
Pages
457-475
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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