Despite spending the most amount of money on healthcare, among the developed nations, the United States is not included in the list of top 10 best healthcare nations in the world. It stands 30th on the healthcare index ranking by Numbeo. Other nations like Taiwan, Thailand and New Zealand are way ahead. But does the healthcare rankings justify the real situation in the country? To shed some light on the situation, I have collected a few stats about U.S. health insurance.

Here are the 10 surprising stats about U.S. Health Insurance

1. In 2018, 296 million(out of 327.2 million total) people in the United States had some sort of health insurance.

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2. Nearly 75 million Americans were estimated to be enrolled in the Medicaid program as of 2018. That is a significant increase from around 48 million ten years earlier.

3. The U.S. has the highest expenditure on health care per capita globally. One-third of all health expenditure is paid by private insurance.

4. Among OECD member countries, the United States had the highest percentage of gross domestic product spent on health care as of 2017. The U.S. spent more than 17 percent of its GDP on health care services. Switzerland, France, and Germany.

5. Medicaid spending in the United States is highest in California and New York. There were about 12 million Medicaid enrollees in California and 6.5 million enrollees in New York as of May 2018.

Statistic: Number of health insurance home-office employees in the U.S. from 1960 to 2017* | Statista

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6. In 2018, over 20 percent of the Hispanic population in the United States didn’t have health insurance. Asian Americans had the lowest rate at 7.1 percent. White Americans at 7.8 percent, whereas 12.2 percent of Black Africans had no health insurance at all.

7. In 2018, UnitedHealth Group Inc. was the market leader with a 14.1 percent share of the U.S. health insurance market. Anthem Inc and Humana Inc followed after with a market share of 9.2 percent and 7.8 percent respectively.

8. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2018, 30.1 million under the age of 65 were uninsured during the time of the interview they conducted.

9. According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2017, the percentage of uninsured children under age 19 (5.4 percent) was not statistically different from the percentage in 2016.

10. In 2018, approximately 30.4 million people in the United States had no health insurance. The situation was worse in the year 2015 but is now getting better since then as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Statistic: Number of people without health insurance in the United States from 2010 to 2018 (in millions) | Statista

The bottom line

Some of the numbers may be a bit disheartening. There are still many ethnicities in the U.S who still cannot afford to purchase health insurance. But, as of 2019, the situation is changing. Trump administration has made some modifications to the already existing plans and also have made some key additions. According to CNN, Trump has made it easy for Americans to access policies with lower premiums in exchange for fewer protections and benefits.