The Department of Health and Human Services released a report Monday that highlights the need for comprehensive health reform this year.
According to the report, the US spent approximately $2.2 trillion on health care in 2007, or $7,421 per person, which came to 16.2 percent of GDP, nearly twice the average of other developed nations.
It also showed that health care costs doubled from 1996 to 2006, and are projected to rise to 25% of GDP in 2025 and 49 percent in 2082.
An estimated 87 million people, or one in every three Americans under the age of 65, were uninsured at some point in 2007 and 2008, the report said.
Families who can't afford to see a doctor and businesses struggling under the weight of high health care costs know we can't wait to reform health care, said HHS Spokeswoman Jenny Backus.
Today's report outlines the high cost of waiting to fix a system that has left too many Americans without the affordable, quality care they deserve.
Backus further added, The American health care system costs too much, excludes too many and frequently fails those in need. Americans simply cannot afford to wait for Washington to act.
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