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How Bad Is America's Healthcare Crisis?

The questions for this survey were drawn from a presentation by Dr. Matt Hendrickson, founder of the Southern California Chapter of Physicians for National Healthcare Program, which we reported on in "A Long and Winding Road to Universal Healthcare."

Our recent "Healthcare Myths and Realities" is another good source of myth-busting facts.

Correct answers are bolded.

1. How many more Americans are uninsured than 30 years ago?

→13 million
→24 million: About 23 million in 1979, 47 million now
→35 million
→46 million
→57 million

2. How much more do Americans pay per capita each year for healthcare than Swedes?

→$3500: Swedes pay $3200 each, we pay $6710 in public and private funds

3. The Congressional Budget Office predicts that in 2082 American healthcare costs will be what percentage of GDP?


4. In what year are health insurance premium costs projected to surpass average household income?

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5. Which country among these has both the lowest life expectancy and highest infant mortality rates?

→U.S.: Life expectancy--77.8, Infant mortality--6.7 per 1000
→Canada: 79.1 and 5.4
→Australia: 4.7
→Italy: 80.9 and 3.9
→Germany: 79.8 and 3.8
→France: 80.9 and 3.8
→Sweden: 80.8 and 2.8

6. Since 1970, the number of physicians in the U.S. has grown by what percentage?


7. Since 1970, the number of hospital administrators in the U.S. has grown by what percentage?

→3000%: !

8. Which of these proposed healthcare or health insurance reforms would you support? Check all that apply.

  • A full single-payer system modeled on those found in Canada, Britain, and much of Europe
  • A vigorous public option that would effectively contain healthcare costs
  • A weaker public option or coop plan that would at least insure at least some currently uninsured Americans
  • A plan that would require Americans to buy insurance through existing private health insurers
  • Any plan
  • No plan currently under discussion
  • A plan to would cover abortions
  • One that would cover undocumented workers
  • One that would provide death panels

We'll report results from this survey in an upcoming article.