Health and Wealth: The Cost of a Cared-For Nation (Infographic)


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This infographic was submitted to us by the folks at Carrington College California and covers health care costs in the United States. Here is what they had to say about their submission:

The Infographic outlines details on the huge costs of health care and medical insurance in the United States. Some of the stats on this infographic include percentage of those with and without medical coverage, types of insurance costs and dollar amounts on the most expensive medical procedures. We created this infographic as a way to show the cost of maintaining our health care industry and it’s potential effects on our graduates.

This infographic has a lot going for it. The color scheme is works very well, especially since the overall design is linear and simple – the color scheme keeps things interesting. The icons in the “Most Expensive Medical Procedures” section are nice – they fit in with the overall design and also manage to represent internal organs without being gross (bonus). It might be nice to use different icons for the two heart procedures, but not entirely necessary. The price tags are a nice touch, but they aren’t really a form of data visualization – a good alternative would be to show a graph comparing the costs of these procedures against one another.

The “Haves and Have Nots” section is a bit confusing – there needs to be some sort of title for the pie graph so that the reader can know what it is about. It might be safe to assume that this graph is a breakdown of the what types of insurance people have, but it needs to be made clear by the graph in some way. Coloring in the states to show the number of people who are uninsured in a really interesting idea and a great way to visualize that data.

The bottom sections are clean, but the color scheme gets a little repetitive here – too much blue. Maybe one of the sections could be a different color so that everything is more clearly defined. All that said, this is a great and informative infographic!

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