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What are some of America's health care issues?

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As of 2015, some of America's health care issues are antibiotic resistance, not enough doctors or caregivers for the elderly and hospital errors and infections, according to CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Other health care issues in America are rising health care costs for families and draining state budgets, states Becker's Hospital Review.

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A doctor shortage in America is becoming a more serious problem as the American population ages, according to Dr. Sanjay Gupta. It could lead to longer wait times and a decreasing quality of health care. There is also a shortage of institutional and residential caregivers for the elderly. This is an increasing problem as the number of people over 65 years of age in the United States is expected to increase 2.3 percent each year through 2030, as projected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

State budgets for health care are also being depleted, according to Becker's Hospital Review. This is true in states that participated in Medicaid expansion in 2014 and states that did not participate. Many states' budgets are stretched by health care costs of retired state employees. Another issue cited by Becker's Hospital Review is the rising heath care costs for families. Costs for health care insurance is not rising, but the family's portion is increasing as employers lower the portion they pay.

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