Are healthcare costs a civil rights issue?

The huge gap in the cost of healthcare delivery in the U.S. compared to other nations of the world should be considered a civil rights issue, according to the Washington Post. The article's author noted that during the historic civil rights march on Washington 50 years ago, the U.S. spent 5.5 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on healthcare. Now it's 18 percent, compared to other nations that spent 10 to 12 percent of GDP on healthcare delivery and get equal or better results. The newspaper said that ever-rising healthcare costs should be considered a form of injustice, and suggested that as much as $1 trillion a year is wasted on unnecessary care. "Getting serious about justice means getting serious about healthcare costs," the Post op-ed said. Article

 

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