The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Endangering Health to Cut Costs

Aug 31, 2009

Feeling broke? Facing big medical bills?

A study earlier this year showed how many adults saved money on health care over the past year. In order to cut costs, almost a quarter of the people surveyed put off a doctor’s visit.

• 18% put off having a procedure done;

• 18% declined taking a test recommended;

• 16% skipped filling a prescription;

• 16% skipped taking a medication.

In other words, the Consumer Reports National Research Center found people taking at least five steps dangerous to their health – because of outrageous costs.

Nothing in any of the health care reform measures offers real cost controls. Nothing will stop people from dying for lack of money.