condition critical


oxygen_valveThe Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Offers these five facts about the uninsured :

• Most of the uninsured are in working families and do not have access to employer-sponsored insurance.
• More than eight in ten of the uninsured are in low- or moderate-income families.
• Most low- and moderate-income uninsured adults are not eligible for Medicaid.
• The uninsured suffer from negative health consequences due to their lack of access to necessary medical care.
• Medical bills are a burden for the uninsured and frequently leave them with debt.


Additional facts from POV’S CRITICAL CONDITION site :

• 80% of the uninsured are adults. Young adults (ages 19-24) are at greatest risk of being uninsured and make up more than one of every three uninsured adults.
• The majority of uninsured adults (75%) have gone without coverage for a period of at least one year.
• The average total annual cost of employer-sponsored family coverage in 2007 was $12,106 — seldom affordable to low-wage workers without sizable contributions from their employers.


POV’s CRITICAL CONDITION site tallied up the costs of the uninsured :

• The lost productivity of uninsured Americans costs the economy up to $130 billion dollars a year — more than the estimated cost to cover the uninsured.
• Covering the bills of the uninsured increases the annual health premiums for the average family by $922.
• Hospitals typically charge uninsured patients 2.5 times what they charge privately insured patients.
• Uninsured adults are 4.5 times more likely to go without medical care than insured adults.
• Uninsured cancer patients are nearly twice as likely to die within five years as insured patients.
• Over half a million Americans are currently battling cancer without insurance.


• Among non-elderly adults, the lack of health insurance is the sixth leading cause of death in America.


where that info comes from :
those links and that info comes from bill moyers

where the art work comes from :
that is from pictures of detroil

0 Responses to condition critical

  1. forkboy1965

    Plenty of folks have pointed out that those of us with healthcare coverage are already paying for those without through increased premiums.

    Why is it any less sensible to simply cover everyone?

    Oh. My bad. I asked why it’s less “sensible”. It’s clear the Right has lost any sense of sensibility.

  2. max

    If we are going to talk money and math, the money and math is pretty simple.

    Universal Health Care: 60 billion dollars over 5 years.

    War in Iraq: 60 billion dollars every 5 months.

    Any questions?

  3. I posted this – or linked to it over at Watergate Summer, I should have asked- I am sorry- but hope you don’t mind…

    We need Care for ALL…it is that simple…


    the UnInsured Nurse…

  4. max

    Hey, Enigma, you are welcome to link to anything here you like. I am glad you found it useful.

  5. Blane’s hospital bill for a two day stay was $10,000. Cigna cut a deal with the hospital to pay $1600.
    If we didn’t have insurance, we’d owe $10k.
    And the hospital gets a big tax write off for the rest.
    I’d bet they don’t pay a dime in taxes.

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