The burgeoning crisis of healthcare costs, and the associated debt, is a critical issue on the minds of U.S. adults. Recent research from the West Health-Gallup U.S. Healthcare Study finds that Americans are skipping treatments, borrowing money and cutting back on household spending to pay for basic healthcare. Using recent research findings and panel discussions with healthcare and research experts, members of West Health and Gallup shed light on the U.S. healthcare-cost crisis and possible solutions.
While high costs of prescription drugs and medical treatment have been problematic for decades, COVID-19 has further exposed the cracks and disparities Americans see in their healthcare system. West Health’s Shelley Lyford and Tim Lash, along with lead researcher Dan Witters and Editor-in-Chief Mohamed Younis from Gallup, discuss why the crisis is happening, how it’s impacting Americans and what we can do to solve it.
Ameet Sarpatwari, PhD, JD
Assistant Professor of Medicine & Assistant Director, Harvard Medical School & Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL)
Marty Makary, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Public Health, Johns Hopkins
Richard Kronick, Ph.D.
Professor, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health at the University of California San Diego
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President
Editor-in-Chief, Gallup News (Host)
Research Director, Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index