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Doctor Shortage in the United States

By Amy Kim Published February 25, 2016

While the ACA has increased insurance coverage to insure an aging American population that is characterized by chronic and degenerative diseases, the supply of doctors is shrinking. Fortunately, technological advances and telemedicine help create reasons to remain optimistic.


Most Expensive Yet Least Effective Health Care System

By Amy Kim Published November 2, 2015

The U.S. health system is often described as the most inefficient, heterogeneous, fragmented, and advanced system of care in the world. The United States currently spends more money per person on health than any other developed country; however, health outcomes are among the worst. For every $1 spent on medical care, $0.30 is wasted, which translates into an annual $750 billion waste. Excessive administrative costs, unnecessary services, and inflated prices of drugs and medical services are among the many factors that contribute to the inefficiency of a fragmented health care system in America. While the goal of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 is to address some of these problems, it is still too early to be able to draw definitive conclusions.