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African-Americans Hardest Hit By Medical Bills

When we think of Americans struggling with medical bills, we often think of the big-ticket medical emergencies like cancer, but a new study points at another issue which plagues African-Americans, chronic conditions like hypertension and diabetes:

A poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health found that 24 . . . → Read More: African-Americans Hardest Hit By Medical Bills

One in Five Struggles To Pay Medical Bills

If you’ve ever wondered about the high rate of medical bankruptcy in this country, it’s not hard to see how it starts:

A new government report finds about one in five Americans face problems paying their medical bills, but things may be improving.

Statisticians at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for . . . → Read More: One in Five Struggles To Pay Medical Bills

Cloudy Future for One Boston Survivor

For many of us, the Boston bombing may feel like it was eons ago, but survivors are still in the thick of many issues:

Marc Fucarile reached a huge milestone this week: He was one of the last two Boston Marathon survivors to be released from the hospital. Fucarile spent 45 days in Massachusetts . . . → Read More: Cloudy Future for One Boston Survivor

Hospital Bill Nightmare Sunday

Time Magazine followed up Steven Brill’s now infamous cover story on medical billing by asking readers to share their own stories, and they’re worth a read:

Alexandria Brooks, 46, of Hernando, Florida, was recently charged $999,932 for a month-and-a-half hospital stay for double pneumonia, which later developed into acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). She wanted . . . → Read More: Hospital Bill Nightmare Sunday

Cancer Patients Much More Likely to Declare Bankruptcy, Even When Insured

If you’ve ever wondered what’s at stake in staying healthy, a group of researchers in Washington can now tell you: it can be the difference between solvency and financial disaster:

Cancer patients are at much greater risk of bankruptcy than people without cancer, according to a large new study. And while the new health care . . . → Read More: Cancer Patients Much More Likely to Declare Bankruptcy, Even When Insured

How Close Are You to a Financial Catastrophe?

Sometimes we get asked what’s the harm of going without health insurance. And honestly, some people don’t really have much of a choice because of circumstances (usually, pre-existing conditions). But for one cautionary tale by Steve Vernon of CBS Moneywatch, read on:

I can relate to this personally. I have comprehensive health insurance sponsored by . . . → Read More: How Close Are You to a Financial Catastrophe?

Do HMOs Just Give Up on Patients?

Nobody likes to think about the question:

A worrisome abdominal pain drove Jalal Afshar to seek treatment last year at healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente.

The Pasadena resident and Kaiser member had lived for years with a rare condition known as Castleman’s disease, which affects the lymph nodes and the body’s immune system. But this was . . . → Read More: Do HMOs Just Give Up on Patients?

Update: Boston Amputee Victims To Receive Assistance

Just an update on the Boston bombing victims:

Costs will be less of a problem for Boston bombing victims who lost limbs in the April 15 attacks and now hope to return to active lifestyles with help from sophisticated prostheses, an industry group announced Tuesday.

With the launch of the Coalition to Walk and . . . → Read More: Update: Boston Amputee Victims To Receive Assistance

Medical Bills for Boston Bombing Victims Already Mounting…

More on what the medical bills for the Boston bombing victims

Cost of amputating a leg? At least $20,000. Cost of an artificial leg? More than $50,000 for the most high-tech models. Cost of an amputee’s rehab? Often tens of thousands of dollars more.

These are just a fraction of the medical expenses victims . . . → Read More: Medical Bills for Boston Bombing Victims Already Mounting…

Americans Underestimate Need for Long-Term Care…

… even when they provide care for others:

We’re in denial: Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term care as they get older — and are taking few steps to get ready.

A new poll examined how people 40 and over are preparing for this difficult and often pricey reality of aging, and found two-thirds . . . → Read More: Americans Underestimate Need for Long-Term Care…