Published on February 6th, 2012 | by Steven Hodson0
A growing percentage of Americans living on ‘thin margin’ as healthcare debts balloon
As a Canadian I am pretty use to the misrepresentation that our healthcare systems gets in the United States. While reality is nothing near the glorified illusions that most Americans live under when they hear about the so-called great Canadian Healthcare we are never faced with the disaster a growing number of American are facing when it comes to their healthcare.
In California the new report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has found that in a state that has been hit by one of the worst recessions in nearly a century there are hundreds of thousands of citizens in the state without any form of health coverage.
The report, which is published every two years, found that in 2009 when there were approximately 2.6 million non-elderly Californians living with medical debt – an increase since 2007 of 400,000 citizens. The highest amount of medical debt was among those without any medical coverage for the full year and then those without medical coverage for a portion of the year.
Some of the other findings in the report were:
- Californians living on ‘thin margin’
- Medi-Cal under stress
- Increasing reliance on high-deductible coverage
- The Recession’s toll
- Lack of insurance equals lack of care