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article imageSurvey: Almost 44 million in U.S. are uninsured

By Chris V. Thangham     Jun 25, 2007 in Health
A survey of 100,000 Americans conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed one in six Americans have no health insurance. Most of them are children and workers.
Just under 44 million Americans had no health insurance in 2006, according to a survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released on Monday.
This finding is based on the survey of 100,000 Americans. The survey results showed that one in six Americans don’t have health insurance, which is very high and inexcusable for a developed country.
“In 2006, there were 43.6 million Americans of all ages who did not have health insurance (at the time of the interview), or 14.8 percent of the population,” the CDC said in a statement.
The same survey, by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, found that 54.5 million Americans of all ages, or 18.6 percent of the population, had no insurance for at least part of the year in 2006.
Among working age Americans (ages 18-64); there were 19.8 percent who did not have health insurance in 2006 compared to 18.9 percent in 2005.
Health insurance has been a hot topic for the Presidential race, but so far no one has given a concrete plan just plain talk with no substance.
About 43 million people over 65 are covered by Medicare, the $408 billion state-federal health insurance system for the elderly and disabled. The poor and some younger disabled people are eligible for Medicaid, another state-federal health insurance plan.
The CDC report found that 18 percent of poor adults under the age of 65 were on Medicare or Medicaid. Almost one-third of children (32.3) are covered by a public plan, compared to 12.4 percent of adults 18 to 64 years.
There are state and federal plans for covering children, as well, notably the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Approximately 9.3 percent of children under the age of 18 did not have health insurance in 2006, a decrease from 13.9 percent in 1997,” the CDC report read.
Among the States, President Bush’s state Texas had the largest percentage of people without health insurance in 2006, with 23.8 percent of the population not covered. Michigan state had the lowest at 7.7 percent without health insurance.
Either people have no insurance or rely on public plan. Lack of health insurance leads to many sick days and early deaths resulting in loss of productivity and many talents lost.
What do you think about the health insurance woes of this country? Is it like this in your country also?
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