The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“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.