The US ranks third in the globe when it comes to the number of people who have a doctor in their town.
But its health care system isn’t exactly renowned for its efficiency.
Recode has all the details.
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Health insurance: The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a health care reform that would make the United States the most affordable country in the industrialized world.
The law has largely failed to live up to that promise.
Health care costs have risen, the number who have insurance has plummeted and the number with employer-sponsored insurance has gone up.
But the ACA has opened up a huge swath of health care.
Nowhere is that better than in the Northeast, where the average cost per capita for coverage has grown.
The ACA also raised the minimum wage and added Medicaid coverage for some low-income people.
Recoding the results The panelist(s) on this episode: Mark Gurman, president of health systems consultancy Avalere Health.
1) Healthcare innovations: Obamacare has transformed healthcare delivery.
We can’t expect a perfect system to be perfect everywhere, and this law has helped us get to a place where we’re delivering healthcare at the same speed and scale as the rest of the world.
It’s going to make a huge difference in what we do and the way we deliver healthcare in the US.
And I think that’s something we need to pay attention to. 2.
Healthcare costs: A lot of the gains are coming from expanding coverage.
We now have an insurance marketplace that allows consumers to shop for coverage and compare prices across state lines, as well as a single-payer health care plan that’s been gaining momentum.
And the law also gives us a lot of flexibility in how we pay for health care — whether it’s by setting up a plan with a doctor or a hospital.
And by making health care coverage affordable, it’s also creating a new revenue stream for hospitals and doctors.
Medicaid coverage: Medicaid is a health insurance program for low- to moderate-income Americans that is set up specifically to help people with disabilities, seniors and the disabled.
The program has helped thousands of people obtain healthcare in their communities, and has become one of the most popular ways to cover healthcare in this country.
It also has a lot to offer the chronically ill.
The Affordable Exchange: The federal exchange has made it easier for individuals and small businesses to buy health insurance.
The federal government has made the exchange the best place to buy insurance across state borders, and the ACA is making it easier to get insurance through the exchange.
The new Medicaid program: The ACA has provided billions of dollars in funding to states and cities to expand Medicaid coverage to low- and moderate- income Americans.
And while the ACA will not end the fight against the opioid epidemic, the new expansion is a step toward bringing healthcare to more people in need.
Recodes staff writer Lauren O’Connor contributed to this story.