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Millions Can't Afford to Go to the Doctor

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Some 80 million people, around 43% of America's working-age adults, didn't go to the doctor or access other medical services last year because of the cost, according to the Commonwealth Fund's Biennial Health Insurance Survey, released Friday

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Sue H (7)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 9:42 am
Don't forget the Dentist being out of reach as well. Something very wrong with this picture. :(

. (0)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 1:55 pm
As the artcle says, Obamacare will help this...lets sit back and see.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 4:08 pm
Noted. Just disgraceful! A country where the wealthiest look for tax shelters, while those most in need can't even have medical care.

lee e (114)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 7:30 pm
This was a program that has faced every opposition due to the evil repulicons who have discredited it and made it worse - it should be a single payer program - and if we don't become wimps - this is the beginning of a major program - hold out!

Billie C (2)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 8:50 pm
and obamacare will do nothing to help this.

Christine Stewart (134)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 9:00 pm
It is foolish to deny people affordable health care- but then pay thousands of dollars in fines when an arrogant surgeon operates on the wrong body part!

pam w (139)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 9:33 pm
It's not only ''foolish,'' it's downright CRUEL!

A strong nation depends on strong citizens. The idea that health care should be reserved for the wealthy makes about as much sense as saying only the wealthy should have access to education!

(Republicans will disagree with my thoughts.....these are the principles by which they LIVE.)

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 11:46 pm
I have a good health care plan but because of the high premiums I can't afford to go the doctor simply because of the copays. I'm on a very limited budget and every penny counts so to go to the doctor is considered a luxury for me. With insurance so high we shouldn't have copays of any sort.

Ingo Schreiner (8)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 12:47 am
so sad

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 12:59 am
Hope there will be some possibilities for everyone to get medical and dental care.

Linda M (1748)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 2:58 am
We should all have health insurance via a national health service. Sign petition at:

Arwen Woods (207)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 4:24 am
Noted and shared. Thanks Cal. Bashing Obamacare doesn't change this. Everyone is entitled to health care for goodness sake!

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 4:48 am
Problem is, when it is covered, will there be enough doctors. Second, since we have been told that a good percentage of tests/medicines are over prescribes, does that work out to 28%?

paul m (93)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 5:18 am

Noted,,same in Ireland..

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 7:19 am
Doctors are sworn to heal...not steal.

Ro H (0)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 8:14 am

Robert K (31)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 11:44 am
John G, lately some of your posts have, incredibly, shown a degree of rationality, but this one is a heaping pile of elephant (a fine animal portrayed as a symbol of an utterly worthless political group) poop!

It was Bush who slashed VA funding to the bone. Obamacare eliminated the donut hole which cuts prescription rates, although if you're specifically referring to military rates I can't comment. I can no longer go to the VA because of Bush. The fact that I was nearly killed in 'Nam and spent a year in a VA hospital, I can't go there any more because of dumbya. Perhaps, if they took the billions wasted on the useless F-35 and gave it to the VA....

Beth M (138)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 12:41 pm
I have health insurance and still can't afford it. High co-pays, ridiculous deductibles if you have to have surgery. No eye insurance so no eye exams. Not good when you have diabetes.

Robert K (31)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 2:33 pm
Elizabeth said: "Doctors are sworn to heal...not steal. " Apparently do no harm doesn't apply to them, although, to be fair, it's more often the clinic or hospital which is the reason for outrageous prices. Let's face it, doctors are generally not nearly as well off as you probably think they are. Some, like neurosurgeons get rich, but after 12 years of school most have to work for a hospital to pay off their schooling and if they go into private practice they not only have that debt, but must come up with nearly a million dollars for an office and the necessary equipment.

Surely there are money oriented doctors, but as I've gotten older and have liver cancer, COPD and diabetes along with a repaired detached retina and small cataracts, I've found that the great majority of physicians are service, not cash, oriented.

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 4:12 pm
This is disgusting when a nation like the US do not have a proper health service I was in a situation like the US
paying for everything i Australia and it was a nightmare with two children as well and dentists were so expensive and glasses too Then thank goodness they got a health service Its like UK its not actually free but free at the point of sale and the people who work that do pay their small percent in their wages pays for everyone else who cant work Think Canada is similar but more expensive with medicines from what i can make out

noted thanks

Jason R (67)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 9:35 am
Because the republicans DESTROYED the economy? Because the super rich are on a free ride?

Susanne R (235)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 11:22 pm
When you read articles like this, it's hard to believe that the United States is an industrialized country, a super power, and one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Shame on us!
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