Just in Case you Think the Status Quo is Good

Just in Case you Think the Status Quo is Good
August 7, 2009 Jon Armstrong

This is a good link:

The Health Care Status Quo

From my state of Utah:

“Ending the Hidden Tax – Saving You Money: Right now, providers in Utah lose over $316 million in bad debt which often gets passed along to families in the form of a hidden premium ‘tax’.1 Health insurance reform will tackle this financial burden by improving our health care system and covering the uninsured, allowing the 41 hospitals2 and the 6,588 physicians3 in Utah to better care for their patients.”

And

  • Since 2000 alone, average family premiums have increased by 101 percent in Utah.4
  • Household budgets are strained by high costs: 22 percent of middle-income Utah families spend more than 10 percent of their income on health care.5

Go check out your state stats by clicking here. It’s time for change. We can’t let thugs and hooligans with corporate sponsorship steal this from the U.S.!

FOOTNOTES:

  1. Hospital uncompensated care cost is estimated using a GAO model and the Hospital Cost Reports. Total uncompensated care is computed as hospital uncompensated care divided by 63% (Hadley and Holahan’s study on “The Cost of Care for the Uninsured” for Kaiser in 2004 found that hospitals account for 63% of total uncompensated care). Data expressed in 2009 dollars using Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “National Health Expenditure Data.”
  2. 2007 AHA Annual Survey Copyright 2009 by Health Forum LLC, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association, special data request, March 2009. Available at http://www.ahaonlinestore.com.
  3. American Medical Association, Physicians Professional Data, year of data 2008, copyright 2008: Special Data Request.
  4. Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, AHRQ, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey – Insurance Component, 2000, Table II.D.1. Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, AHRQ, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey – Insurance Component, 2006, Table X.D. Projected 2009 premiums based on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “National Health Expenditure Data,” available at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/nationalhealthexpenddata/.
  5. Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2006.