[Paleopsych] health care
jvkohl at bellsouth.net
Sat May 28 03:21:28 UTC 2005
"About half of all bankruptcies in 2001 were the result of medical
problems and, surprisingly, most of those (more than three-quarters) who
went bankrupt were covered by health insurance at the start of the illness."
"On average, out-of-pocket medical costs reached $13,460 for those with
private insurance and $10,893 for those with no insurance. Ironically,
those with the highest costs, on average about $18,000, were people who
initially had private health insurance but lost it after becoming ill."
Even those who don't go bankrupt tend to lose whatever savings they
have. I can't imagine much worse than seeing everything I've worked for
my entire life be spent on medical costs--and in many cases that's what
I've worked in the medical laboratory for many years and have seen test
costs escalate far beyond most people's ability to pay. A co-worker
recently was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and has estimated she
will be out of pocket more than $15,000 by the time she finishes
chemotherapy. One of the worst things about this is that we work at a
hospital, and have a group policy through Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Even
though she has seen only participating providers, the number of charges
not covered is enlightening. Most of us would be better off being
illegal immigrants, who get their medical care for free. About 4
non-English speaking patients with no insurance deliver babies here (in
Northern Georgia) compared to each non-Hispanic White. Cancer and
disability supplements with set payments are expensive jokes, that will
only stay the bankruptcy for a short time..
Meanwhile, the Veteran's administration (the last place anyone wants to
go for medical treatment) no longer accepts honorably discharged
Veterans into their program, unless the Vet is earning less than $18,000
per year. Until two years ago, the program was open to all Vets. Now
that there will be more injured vets coming home, I'd need to be half
dead and competely broke before seeking help from the Veterans
I wish you all good health, you need it.
Euterpel66 at aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 5/26/2005 11:01:07 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> shovland at mindspring.com writes:
> --Only if you actually call it "health care". But not
> when you call it "socialist tyranny". It's all in the
> framing : )
> I imagine that you are one of the lucky ones whose employer provides
> yours. Mine costs me $468 a month, one third of my monthly income. My
> daughter has no healthcare insurance at all.
> Lorraine Rice
> Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
> ---Andre Gide
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