Monday, June 30, 2008

59 MILLION AMERICANS ENDANGERED BY INSURANCE BASED HEALTH POLICY

ABC NEWS The number of people who delay or do not get medical care, including those with insurance plans, increased to 59 million people in 2007, up from 36 million people in 2003, according to the report from the Center for Studying Health System Change in Washington, D.C. . .

The cost and logistical problems involved in visiting the doctor are the main deterrents for people who need to see a physician. The study cited rising out-of-pocket costs, high insurance premiums, higher deductibles and co-payments as a few of the expenses that caused some families to put off a visit to the doctor or to not go altogether.

Patients were even less likely to seek treatment when rising costs were coupled with an increased difficulty in securing an appointment, clinics with short hours or finding a suitable primary care physician.

3 Comments:

At June 30, 2008 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In America today it is expected that everyone must make sacrifices in order to assure that executives continue to receive excessive compensation. In healthcare that means being willing to sacrifice life and limb but doing it gladly for a good cause.

"My husband died last week because the insurance company refused to cover the operation he needed to live. But I'm OK with it because the money the company saved went into the CEO's annual bonus and helped him to purchase a summer home in the Hamptons. It seemed like a fair trade to me", said Jane Doe with a smile.

 
At July 1, 2008 11:47 AM, Anonymous Toronto life insurance broker said...

Those numbers are really alarming. On the other hand, I am selling optional health insurance with life insurance in Canada and our problems with health care are growing as well. Many patients have to be transported to USA because of lacking capacities in our hospitals. I am fan of private isnurance, at least you should have to have a choice - get goverment treatment, or pay more and get better treatment...
Lorne

 
At July 8, 2008 1:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, Lorne, in america if you can't pay you don't get treatment, even treatment

if i could buy into a nationwide government plan I would, but that option is not available to healthy younger people like myself (46 years old single, continuous buyer for 25 years, currently paying $268US /month for blue cross, soon to climb to prices higher than most mortgages, at which poijnt i'll have ot drop coverage becasue i won't be able ot pay $800 per month premium at 50+ years of age).. I am stuck buying overpriced, state based, constantly cherry picked (medical underwriting after every job change or move across state lines or temporary lapse in coverage due to possibly going broke) private for profit health insurance, so as you can see america is not a land of choice for me when it comes to health insurance

 

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