Sometimes referred to as the “silent killer,” heart disease is officially the leading cause of death, claiming over 700,000 people a year. A single EKG’s and MRI can cost over $5,000, hospital stays can average over $20,000, angiograms can be as much as $30,000, and a heart bypass can cost over $70,000. Drugs can be very expensive, not to mention rehabilitation and ongoing maintenance. The CDC Foundation estimates that we spend over one billion dollars a day treating heart disease and strokes, with one out of every six healthcare dollars spent on heart care. The U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other country, estimated by CNBC to total over $3.4 trillion dollars a year with an average of over $10,345 per person.
Over 155 million people are covered under an employer sponsored heath insurance plan. However, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported that over 27 million Americans don’t have health insurance, with the Hispanic community making up the largest demographic without insurance. The leading reason that people don’t have health coverage is that it was unaffordable, and with healthcare costs continue to increase at alarming rates, it will only become more prohibitive.