Supported by


The Super-Users of America's Health-Care System

Jul 01, 2017 | 72 videos
Video by The Atlantic

In a given year, just 5 percent of the U.S. population is responsible for 50 percent of the nation’s medical spending. So who are these “super-users?” In this animation by Yukai Du we explore this incredibly diverse, constantly changing population and the efforts to address their enormous expenditures.

This video is part of The Atlantic’s project, “The Platinum Patients,” which is a collaboration with the Solutions Journalism Network, and is supported by a grant from the Commonwealth Fund.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to

Authors: Yukai Du, Nicolas Pollock, Andrew McGill

About This Series

Short, animated videos from The Atlantic