Surveys

The U.S. Healthcare Cost Crisis
The high cost of healthcare in the United States is a significant source of apprehension and fear for millions of Americans, according to a new national survey by West Health and Gallup.
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What Should Be Done About the High Cost of Prescription Drugs
The United States spends about $3.3 trillion a year on health care, with about 10 percent of that spending for prescription drugs. Most Americans are very concerned about the high cost of prescription drugs and three-quarters of Americans consider these prices to be unreasonable, according to a survey from NORC at the University of Chicago and the West Health Institute.
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Americans’ Views of Healthcare Costs, Coverage and Policy
The high cost of healthcare in the United States is a significant source of apprehension and fear for millions of Americans, according to a new national survey by West Health and Gallup.
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West Health’s Healthcare Cost Summit

High Costs, Broken Promises: Healthcare in America
West Health’s 2019 Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit is focused on advancing three common-sense reforms to address the healthcare cost crisis in American and drive accountability for progress.
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Press Releases

Press Release: U.S. SPENDING MORE THAN $420 MILLION PER HOUR ON HEALTHCARE, ON TRACK TO SPEND IN EXCESS OF $12 TRILLION BY 2040
WASHINGTON, DC – April 2, 2019 – The United States currently spends upwards of $420 million per hour on healthcare, a number that is increasing by the minute, and if current trends continue, the nation’s total healthcare spending will top $12 trillion by the year 2040, according to HealthCostCrisis.org, a new interactive website and crisis clock that tracks and forecasts healthcare spending in America in real time.
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Press Release: West Health-Gallup Survey Reveals the Great Disconnect Between Perceptions and Realities of the U.S. Healthcare System
West Health’s 2019 Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit is focused on advancing three common-sense reforms to address the healthcare cost crisis in American and drive accountability for progress.
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West Health’s National Summit Calls for Bold Action to Address America’s Healthcare Cost Cris
WASHINGTON, D.C. — April 2, 2019 — Americans are borrowing tens of billions of dollars, skipping treatments and significantly cutting back on household spending to pay for basic healthcare, yet a wide partisan divide exists over their satisfaction with the current U.S. healthcare system and the quality of care it provides. These findings and more are based on a new survey conducted by nonprofit, nonpartisan organization West Health and Gallup, the global analytics and advice firm.
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HIGH PRICES, BROKEN PROMISES: New Poll Finds Few Americans Approve How President Trump and Congress Are Addressing ‘Unreasonable’ Prescription Drug Costs
WHI/NORC Survey: Few Americans Approve How President Trump and Congress Are Addressing ‘Unreasonable’ Prescription Drug Costs
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Three National Foundations Commit $30 Million to Civica Rx, a Groundbreaking Effort to Address Shortages and High Prices of Life-Saving Medications
Three National Foundations Commit $30 Million to Civica Rx, a Groundbreaking Effort to Address Shortages and High Prices of Life-Saving Medications Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Peterson Center on Healthcare and Gary and Mary West Foundation Each Commit $10 Million to New, Not-for-Profit Generic Drug Company Houston, TX; New York, NY; and San Diego...
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New Survey Finds Large Number of People Skipping Necessary Medical Care Because of Cost
Read the West Health/NORC survey on healthcare costs, coverage and policy.
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Commentaries

Will Washington finally do something about high drug prices?
Read West Health CEO Shelley Lyford’s opinion in The Hill on the need to lower prescription drug costs.
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How prescription drug markups are bleeding businesses and workers
This commentary by West Health founder, Gary West, discusses the healthcare forces that conspire to keep healthcare prices high and competition low.
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A Civic Duty to Address Drug Costs
A recent series of events tells us a lot about the state of health care in America today: Major nonprofit organizations, business leaders and former top federal officials are all stepping up to confront our broken health care system that costs too much, fails us and is unavailable to many.
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Runaway Health Care Costs Are Steamrolling Americans
How is it that the world’s largest economy can’t deliver affordable and effective health care to its citizens? After an eight-year run-up in the stock market and unemployment at a 15-year low, increasing numbers of Americans face insolvency from medical debt. Not because they lack insurance, but because they...
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West Health in the News

The U.S. Healthcare Cost Crisis
The high cost of healthcare in the United States is a significant source of apprehension and fear for millions of Americans, according to a new national survey by West Health and Gallup.
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Prescription Drug Prices: A Bitter Pill in the Midterm Elections
A September survey by West Health Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago, 39% of voters 65 and older said prescription drug prices should be the single top priority for candidates.
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