Monday, September 21, 2009

45,000 people. FORTY FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE. A year.

The true cost of health care ... in dollars:

While the proposal by Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, outlines a direction for policy, the survey, which polls employers about health benefits to assemble a detailed look at the actual cost of health care, fits it squarely in our pocketbooks.

The truth is we all pay, and much more than we recognize, for health care.

For many, it's among the largest investments we'll make, on par, even, with the money we spend on a house or tuck away for retirement. But while it's easy to track our stock portfolios as they tank along with the market, our outlay for health care is less obvious. Employers pay some, and so do individuals, and taxpayers. And some even hides behind the deficit. As such, few of us see the full picture. But to make sense of the proposals for reform, getting a grasp of the cost is critical.

The average health-care coverage for the average family now costs $13,375, according to Kaiser. Over the past decade, premiums have increased by 138 percent. And if the trend continues, by 2019 the average family plan will cost $30,083.

And in lives:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 45,000 people die in the United States each year -- one every 12 minutes -- in large part because they lack health insurance and can not get good care, Harvard Medical School researchers found in an analysis released on Thursday.

"We're losing more Americans every day because of inaction ... than drunk driving and homicide combined," Dr. David Himmelstein, a co-author of the study and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard, said in an interview with Reuters.

Overall, researchers said American adults age 64 and younger who lack health insurance have a 40 percent higher risk of death than those who have coverage.
If we had a flu that killed this many, or food poisoning, or a defective car or toy, we would be screaming for heads to roll, wouldn't we?


Anonymous said...

I'd really be interested in knowing how many dollars were sucked up by these "uninsured". And how about the uninsured who did not die? And no, the answer to the uninsured is not "tough luck baby, maybe better luck in your next life."

I'm sick and tired of the north koreans sabotaging the health care of americans.


ellroon said...

Holy crap!! It's all North Korea's fault!!!