Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Unemployed hurting--even with insurance
People without jobs—even if they have health insurance—are less likely to go to the doctor, get checkups, and fill prescriptions.
To me this is sort of a given.
But the CDC seems surprised.
Private insurance is no guarantor of better care—well, shocking.
First, 48% of unemployed adults have insurance, the CDC says. That did surprise me—seemed like a high number. Eighty-one percent of employed adults do.
Now, some are saying (some?) that insurance reform will not make things better for the unemployed.
People can’t afford to use care—even if they are forced to buy it…
High copays, high deductibles—bills keep coming even after deductibles are met. Oh, this mess is a a tricky one.
It’s enough to make you sick.