[ExI] USA Health Costs

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Thu Jun 4 08:32:17 UTC 2009

On 6/3/09, David C. Harris wrote:
>  Did they control for how sick and aged the people were?  Sicker people
> could need more service spending but still be more likely to die earlier.


Medical bills underlie 60 percent of U.S. bankruptcies: study
Thu Jun 4, 2009 1:10am EDT
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Medical bills are involved in more than 60
percent of U.S. personal bankruptcies, an increase of 50 percent in
just six years, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday.

More than 75 percent of these bankrupt families had health insurance
but still were overwhelmed by their medical debts, the team at Harvard
Law School, Harvard Medical School and Ohio University reported in the
American Journal of Medicine.


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