Health Care. It's What Ails Us

Pibel, Doug; Van Gelder, Sarah
November 2006
YES! Magazine;Fall2006, Issue 39, p18
The article reflects on the state of medical care in the United States. An estimated 50 million Americans do not have medical insurance, and a similar and rapidly increasing number are under insured. Of the more than 1.5 million bankruptcies filed in the country every year, about half are a result of medical bills, and 75% of those had health insurance. Insurance premiums increased by 73% between 2000 and 2005, and per capita costs are expected to keep increasing affecting businesses. According to National Coalition on Health Care estimates, medical care spending will double over the next 10 years unless reforms are implemented. INSET: Speaking of Health Care, by Daina Saib..


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