In an article written by Jason Kane for PBS News Hour, he states that the United States spends $8,233 per person on health care annually. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/health-costs-how-the-us-compares-with-other-countries/

“According to the CMS (Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Spending), the average American spent $9,596 on healthcare last year, up significantly from $7,700 in 2007. Healthcare spending per person is expected to surpass $10,000 in 2016 and then march steadily higher to $14,944 in 2023.” http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/03/15/the-average-american-spends-this-much-on-healthcar.aspx

Compare this with American incomes: the Federal Reserve Economic Data website states that in 2015, median personal income in America was observed at $30,240 and mean personal income was at $44,510.

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Professor Peter C Gøtzsche graduated as a Master of Science in biology and chemistry in 1974 and as a physician in 1984. He is a specialist in internal medicine; worked with clinical trials and regulatory affairs in the drug industry 1975-1983, and at hospitals in Copenhagen 1984-95. With about 80 others, he helped start The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 with the founder, Sir Iain Chalmers, and established The Nordic Cochrane Centre the same year. He became professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis in 2010 at the University of Copenhagen.

Peter has published more than 70 papers in “the big five” (BMJ, Lancet, JAMA, Ann Intern Med and N Engl J Med) and his scientific works have been cited over 15,000 times. Peter has also authored 3 other books.

“Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime” written in 2013 by Professor Peter C Gøtzsche.

“Mammography: Truth, Lies and Controversy” by Peter C Gøtzsche.

Dr. Atul Gawande’s TED Talk from March 2012:
https://www.ted.com/talks/atul_gawande_how_do_we_heal_medicine?language=en

The Atlantic, November 29th, 2016. In the article it describes Cuba’s healthcare system, which costs 1/10th of what America’s costs and achieves higher life expectancy as America. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/11/cuba-health/508859/

Open-ended question: Should we have to continue to pay for true healthcare out of our pockets and savings? Is healthcare a human right?

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