The United States

Health care in the United States is provided by many distinct organisations. Health care facilities are largely owned and operated by private sector businesses. 58% of US community hospitals are non-profit, 21% are government owned, and 21% are for-profit. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States spent more on health care per capita ($9,403), and more on health care as percentage of its GDP (17.1%), than any other nation in 2014. 64% of health spending was paid for by the government in 2013, funded via programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Veterans Health Administration. People aged under 67 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 primarily provided by the government in its role as employer. In 2010 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) became law, providing for major changes in health insurance. Under the act, hospitals and primary physicians would change their practices financially, technologically, and clinically to drive better health outcomes, lower costs, and improve their methods of distribution and accessibility. 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.


ICER Weekly View 05-18-18

From the desk of Mitchell Stein Good morning. Drinking water from a fire hose – that’s the only way to describe trying to follow drug industry news this week. The President’s speech and elaboration from Azar and Gottlieb, approval of Aimovig, Ebola, biohacking and much more. I’m trying to keep […]


Despite email attacks, healthcare still not using DMARC to protect against spoofing

The overwhelming majority of large healthcare organizations worldwide are still susceptible to spoofing of their own email domains, also known as impersonation attacks, which are a leading vector for cyberattacks. Why? In part because they have not adopted the Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance, or DMARC standard, which detects […]