Delays Exist In Needed Care For Uninsured Patients

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The Philadelphia Inquirer on Monday, as part of a series titled "Falling Through: Casualties of the Health Insurance Crisis," examined how patients without health insurance often experience delays in needed care because of their coverage status.

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The article profiled the case of a 62-year-old Philadelphia man who takes methadone to treat addiction to illicit drug use and the steroid prednisone to treat emphysema; his employer dropped him from the company health plan because his multiple medical conditions increased costs for other employees.

The Inquirer reports on his months long ordeal to fix a broken arm, which was complicated because he lacked health insurance (Vitez, Philadelphia Inquirer, 11/10).

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