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Health care in the United States

Health care in the United States is provided by many distinct organizations. Health care facilities are owned and operated by private sector businesses. 58% of community hospitals in the United States are non-profit, 21% are government owned, 21% are for-profit. According to the World Health Organization, the United States spent $9,403 on health care per capita, 17.1% on health care as percentage of its GDP in 2014. Healthcare coverage is provided through a combination of private health insurance and public health coverage; the United States does not have a universal healthcare program, unlike some other countries. In 2013, 64% of health spending was paid for by the government, funded via programs such as Medicare, the Children's Health Insurance Program, the Veterans Health Administration. People aged under 65 acquire insurance via their or a family member's employer, by purchasing health insurance on their own, or are uninsured. Health insurance for public sector employees is provided by the government in its role as employer.

Managed care, where payers use various techniques intended to improve quality and limit cost, has become ubiquitous. The United States life expectancy is 78.6 years at birth, up from 75.2 years in 1990. In 2016 and 2017 life expectancy in the United States dropped for the first time since 1993. Of 17 high-income countries studied by the National Institutes of Health, the United States in 2013 had the highest or near-highest prevalence of obesity, car accidents, infant mortality and lung disease, sexually transmitted infections, adolescent pregnancies and homicides. A 2017 survey of the healthcare systems of 11 developed countries found the US healthcare system to be the most expensive and worst-performing in terms of health access and equity. In a 2018 study, the USA ranked 29th in healthcare quality. Prohibitively high cost is the primary reason; the rate of adults uninsured for health care peaked at 18.0% in 2013 prior to the ACA mandate, fell to 10.9% in the third quarter of 2016, stood at 13.7% in the fourth quarter of 2018, based on surveys by the Gallup organization beginning in 2008.

At over 27 million, the number of people without health insurance coverage in the United States is one of the primary concerns raised by advocates of health care reform. Lack of health insurance is associated with increased mortality, about sixty thousand preventable deaths per year, depending on the study. A study done at Harvard Medical School with Cambridge Health Alliance showed that nearly 45,000 annual deaths are associated with a lack of patient health insurance; the study found that uninsured, working Americans have an 40% higher mortality risk compared to insured working Americans. In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became law, enacting major changes in health insurance; the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of most of the law in June 2012 and affirmed insurance exchange subsidies in all states in June 2015. In the United States, dissimilar to the European nationalised health insurance plans, the market created a private employment based system. Following the Stabilisation Act of 1942, unable to provide higher salaries to attract or retain employees, began to offer insurance plans, including health care packages, as a fringe benefit, thereby beginning the practice of employer-sponsored health insurance.

According to a statistical brief by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, there were 35.7 million hospitalizations in 2016, a significant decrease from the 38.6 million in 2011. For every 1,000 in the population, there was an average of 104.2 stays and each stay averaged $11,700, an increase from the $10,400 cost per stay in 2012. 7.6% of the population had overnight stays in 2017, each stay lasting an average of 4.6 days. A study by the National Institutes of Health reported that the lifetime per capita expenditure at birth, using year 2000 dollars, showed a large difference between health care costs of females and males. A large portion of this cost difference is in the shorter lifespan of men, but after adjustment for age, there still is a 20% difference in lifetime health care expenditures. Unlike most developed nations, the US health system does not provide health care to the country's entire population. Instead, most citizens are covered by a combination of private insurance and various federal and state programs.

As of 2017, health insurance was most acquired through a group plan tied to an employer, covering 150 million people. Other major sources include Medicaid, covering 70 million, Medicare, 50 million, health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act covering around 17 million. In 2017, a study found that 73% of plans on ACA marketplaces had narrow networks, limiting access and choice in providers. Measures of accessibility and affordability tracked by national health surveys include: percent of population with insurance, having a usual source of medical care, visiting the dentist yearly, rates of preventable hospitalizations, reported difficulty seeing a specialist, delaying care due to cost, rates of health insurance coverage. In 2004, an OECD report noted that "all OECD countries had achieved universal or near-universal coverage of their populations by 1990"; the 2004 IOM report observed that "lack of health insurance causes 18,000 unnecessary deaths every year in the United States,"The Gallup organizati

Paul Skjodt

Paul Skjodt is an American businessman, former ice hockey player. Paul Skjodt was born in Toronto, Canada, on June 28, 1958. From 1975, he played ice hockey for the Kitchener Rangers, Windsor Spitfires, Royal York Royals, Toronto Nationals, Erie Blades and the Crowtree Chiefs. In 1986, Skjodt moved to Indianapolis in 1986 to pursue a career with the Indianapolis Checkers of the International Hockey League. Skjodt founded and owned the now defunct Indiana Ice hockey team of the USHL, that won the Clark Cup Championship in 2009 and 2014. In 2014, Skjodt was planning on building a $25 million 250,000-square-foot sports complex in northwest Indianapolis. In 1987, he married the daughter of Melvin Simon and Bess Simon, they have three children, Erik and Ian. They are leading political donors, giving $6.6 million to the Democratic Party in the 2018 elections. In 2015, their Samerian Foundation created a $20 million endowment, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D. C. renamed its Center for the Prevention of Genocide as The Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide

Dance with Me (112 song)

"Dance with Me" was the third and final single released from 112's 2001 album, Part III. It features Slim on lead vocals; the released version features rap artist Beanie Sigel and is featured on the Bad Boy album, We Invented the Remix. The song peaked at number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100, but failed in its home market to copy the success of "Peaches & Cream" which peaked at number four, "It's Over Now" which peaked at number six. However, the song became a platinum-selling hit in Australia and Belgium in 2002, reaching number two in Australia, number one in Flanders, number nine in Wallonia, it finished 2002 as Australia's 28th best-selling single, Flanders' fourth best-selling single, Wallonia's 40th best-selling single. The lyric "If you're sexy and you know it clap your hands/if you're sexy and you know it clap your hands/if you're sexy and you know it and you want to show it clap your hands" is a reference to the nursery rhyme "If You're Happy and You Know It". Saint featuring M. D. P. Released a cover of "Dance with Me" in 2007.

A remix of Saint's version, by the DJ duo Houseshaker, was a club hit in Brazil in 2008. Music video on ArtistDirect.com