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Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Even the Insured Run Risk of Bankruptcy Due to High Health Bills

The NY Times reports today on an article in Health Affairs by Harvard Law School's Elizabeth Warren and others on the relationship between health care costs and bankruptcy.  The upshot: "About 30 percent of people said they filed for bankruptcy because of an illness or injury, even though most of them had health insurance when they first got sick."  I'll provide a link to the on-line abstract as soon as it is available.  [tm]

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Or do these sick beople become bankrupt BECAUSE OF THEIR ILLNESS?

As in, they can't work, lose their job, and can't pay ANY bills, including medical.

The way I read that article, the medical bills are just a marker for the real problem, which is illness and disability, with inability to maintain gainful employment and income.

Quoting your quote:
"About 30 percent of people said they filed for bankruptcy because of an illness or injury...." (not because of medical bills per se)

Posted by: arf | Feb 2, 2005 8:56:43 AM

Is that post by "arf" an AFLAC advertisement?

Posted by: Jim | Feb 2, 2005 3:18:24 PM

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