This is why America is so off course. I'm glad the writer put in a few details that help put the situation into context.
He learned how costly this can be after fracturing a rib in a relatively minor motorcycle accident and subsequently being hit with a bill for more than $12,000 from San Francisco General Hospital.
"We are the only developed country that doesn't cover all its people," said Stan Dorn, a senior research associate at the nonpartisan Urban Institute. "We also spend a lot more than the rest of the developed world."
At the same time, life expectancy in the United States was lower than in each of these other countries and infant mortality was higher.
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