August 20, 2008 |
Americans are struggling to pay medical bills and accumulating medical debt at an increasing rate, according to a survey by the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that supports independent research on healthcare. As gas and food prices have soared and real estate values have fallen, the federal minimum wage is $3 an hour lower, in real terms, than it was 40 years ago, the study said. "What is notable is how these problems are spreading up the income scale," said Sara Collins, assistant vice president of the foundation and one of the authors of the study.
July 14, 1996
Re the Letters to the Editor about gay marriages in the June 30 Life & Style: This is not to speak against this type of marriage, but to ask all if they have considered the ramifications of same-sex marriages. To pass a law allowing same-sex marriages opens unlimited opportunities for those seeking a way around certain responsibilities. For example, what if two heterosexuals chose to marry because one does not have medical insurance but does have a long-term illness. A second example: Would there be a tax advantage if two heterosexual men or women chose to marry?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1999 |
Something happened last week that reminded me of an incident that occurred earlier this year, when a 59-year-old woman, who had been my patient for years, called complaining of chest pain. She wanted to drive to my office. Fearing that her heart was causing the chest pain, I told her to call the paramedics immediately or find someone to take her to the nearest emergency room. She objected, saying that she had no insurance and no money.
August 2, 2009
Re: "At 53, it's time to put herself first," July 26: You picked the wrong subject for your money makeover and the wrong angle. Here is a woman who earns well above the average, has a health insurance plan paid for by her employer (the taxpayers) and will be enjoying a generous pension income. By the time she retires, her mortgage will probably be paid off, her kids will definitely be out of the house making their own way in the world, so the $5,335 monthly income will allow her to live quite comfortably.
September 10, 1987 |
Gov. Michael S. Dukakis, supported by influential legislative leaders, on Wednesday unveiled his program for universal medical insurance in Massachusetts--the first plan of its kind in the nation. Dukakis, a Democrat who is a presidential candidate, said that about 600,000 people under 65 in the state have no health insurance, although 73% of them have jobs or are dependents of employed people. "They are largely the working poor," Dukakis said at a Statehouse news conference.
June 14, 1992
It is not a coincidence that we are paying the most-money per capita of any country in the world for medical care. Of the 100 highest-paid executives in California, five in the top 30 are executives of National Medical Enterprises, which runs acute care and psychiatric hospitals. One of these five, the highest-paid executive in California, was Richard Eamer, whose compensation for 1991 was $17,551,778--about 600 times that of some nurses employed by his company. Other executives who received record amounts headed pharmaceutical companies such as Milan Panic of ICN Pharmaceuticals, who was paid a total of $6.1 million in 1991.
November 28, 2010 |
Dear Liz: I was involved in a car accident and had no medical insurance. The hospital bill came to $39,000 and a helicopter ride was $15,000. The only way I could pay this was using credit cards. I have high credit scores. Am I better off filling for bankruptcy? Answer: You were better off not using the credit cards. If you hadn't charged your medical bills, you probably could have negotiated a lower settlement amount with the hospital and medical evacuation company. In many cases, people without insurance are initially charged more than those whose insurance companies have negotiated lower rates.