Finding True America: 'I can't afford to get sick'

In February 2023, the World Economic Forum released statistics showing that "health care spending is significantly higher in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world." According to a survey by Gallup in December 2022, nearly 40 percent of American adults have experienced difficulties in paying health care bills and accessing affordable and quality medical services, and most of them consider medical expenses a source of daily stress.

Leon, 34, is a freelance carpenter and the breadwinner for his family of four. He became uninsured since quitting his teaching job and still hasn't found affordable health insurance. With an unstable income, Leon can't afford expensive medical bills, let alone commercial insurance. He admitted that "seeing a doctor is so expensive that I can't afford to get sick" in the United States.

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