When a job disappears, so does healthcare

Most people are covered through the workplace, so when they lose their jobs, they lose their health benefits. According to a December 6 New York Times article, on average, for each jobless worker who has lost insurance, at least one child or spouse covered under the same policy has also lost protection, public health experts said. Also, during recessions, “with declines in national income and increases in unemployment, you often see increases in mortality from heart disease, cancer, psychiatric illnesses and other conditions.”

Hospitals also lose money during recessions as people delay elective medical care and more people seek assistance to pay their bills and hospitals write-off larger amounts of charity care.

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