Health Care Spending Still a Major Issue

What drives health insurance premiums up is the overall good health or lack of it, in the general population. For example health care spending in the United States ranked at $2.26 trillion in 2007, and amounted to 15.2 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2008, making it the highest in the world.

Americans are obese and not doing much about it and that $2.26 trillion figure is expected to increase by at least 20 percent by 2017.

The 2007 figures boil down to a rough estimate of $7,439 per person per year for health care costs. Each year this figure creeps up even higher. It’s no wonder health insurance quotes, for those who are not fit, are getting more expensive.

Those figures are a train wreck looking for a place to happen. Imagine the strain this puts on an already stressed health care system. Imagine how difficult it will be to get the right kind of health insurance when it is needed, if something isn’t done to get healthy by those who need/want insurance.

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