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Census reports nearly 17% in N.C. uninsured

Posted September 10, 2009

— New census data show about one out of six North Carolina residents lacked health insurance coverage.

The U.S. Census Bureau released annual population and community data Thursday that contains information about health coverage across the United States.

The census data shows that over the past three years an average of 1.5 million North Carolinians were without health insurance, or nearly 17 percent.

That was worse than the national average of 15.5 percent of the population lacking coverage. Texas led the country with about a quarter of its residents uninsured.

"These numbers demonstrate the need to pass comprehensive health reform this year," Adam Searing, director of the North Carolina Justice Center's Health Access Coalition, said in a statement. "More and more North Carolinians are losing their jobs and their insurance. We must ensure that these families have access to affordable, quality health coverage regardless of age or health status."

A state health research agency reported in March that recession-fueled layoffs gave North Carolina the country's highest growth rate of people without health insurance.

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  • Alexia Sep 11, 4:42 p.m.

    My wife got bit by a fie ant one night last week and had an allergic reaction. It looked severe, but was easily treated with a drug in the ER. Total cost $3000, not including the doctor's separate fee. WakeMed is one reason why medical costs are so outrageous. Honestly, there is absolutely no sense for that kind of charge. Had our doctor's office been open, I suspect he could have done the same thing for her for $150.

    There is something terribly wrong with our healthcare system. Whether it is insurance to blame, lawsuits, or other -- something needs to be done. If I was one of those 17% without insurance, what would I do? Let my wife risk dying?

  • MarcoPolo Sep 10, 7:47 p.m.

    Yawn- the media is doing everything they can to prop up BO.

    This article is completely insane.

  • gsmbaby19 Sep 10, 6:26 p.m.

    The perinatal mortality rate is Cuba is 15.5 and in the US it is 6.74. The MATERNAL mortality rate in Cuba is 52.5 per 1,000 and in the US it is 12 - these are HUGE numbers!

    Overall, with stats like these, I'd say the US is outperforming Cuba by a long shot!

  • gsmbaby19 Sep 10, 6:12 p.m.

    The CIA gets their information from death statistics. If the country puts "Miscarriage" on the death certificate because they do not count births before 30 weeks as a Live Birth then they would not be counted as an infant mortality. They use public records to calculate these rates. It isn't rocket science to figure out how the rate could be different between countries. A miscarriage would have no death certificate, right?

    In fact, you could argue that if you calculate perinatal mortality rates, that the US would then show to come out on top and if you read the research from the WHO (you know the article you are quoting) despite being lumped in with Canada, the US has the LOWEST perinatal mortality rates! This is because we treat them and attempt to save them See section 6 here: http://www.who.int/making_pregnancy_safer/publications/neonatal.pdf You cannot use infant mortality without also considering perinatal mortality. We are lumped with Canada in the survey and our actual

  • Plenty Coups Sep 10, 5:52 p.m.

    gsmbaby-so Cuba has high abortion rates. So do we. We're still in the bottom third of countries despite being the richest. Being neck and neck with Cuba isn't something to be proud of.

  • Plenty Coups Sep 10, 5:40 p.m.

    Even allowing for disparity in how countries report life expectancies and infant mortality, it still doesn't account for the USA's poor showing. If you don't believe me, read this study:

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0795/is_n4_v13/ai_13359858/pg_2/?tag=content;col1

  • Plenty Coups Sep 10, 5:35 p.m.

    gsmbaby- Oh really? Where does your info. come from? Where is the source?
    mr. Mud-check it out before you lol lol.

    At least I provide links and facts. You two shoot off wild ideas and paranoid conspiracy ideas about who the CIA is directed by or World Health Organization. Now I see why most Republicans in NC think the health care bill would put granny to death or that Obama wasn't born in the USA. Lastly, 11% don't even think Hawaii is a state. If the facts don't fit your ideology, call it a conspiracy.

  • gsmbaby19 Sep 10, 5:25 p.m.

    also note Cuba's abortion rate:
    http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bpl/sifp/2009/00000040/00000001/art00002

    This article states that 7 out of every 10 cuban pregnancies end in abortion:
    http://www.autentico.org/oa09889.php

  • Wheelman Sep 10, 5:10 p.m.

    I have a question for everyone. What did people do before there was health insurance? Here's another question. What is the number one cause for the increase in health care costs? It is employer provided health insurance. Until it became popular, the relationship between the patient and the provider was the determining factor in how much costs rose. When the majority of workers and families became insured, the attitude became such that the cost didn't matter "because insurance will pay for it!". The health care industry boomed because "insurance will pay for it!" so jack up the prices and order more tests! The biggest ponzi scheme in the world has been health care. If you want to fix it do away with employer health ins. Give the money to the employee, make insurance and deductibles etc. tax free, make the ins. cos insure anyone who applies, average the rates over life expectancy, pool the high risks. Take care of the truly poor and make the government get out of my personal business!

  • Leftwing Sep 10, 5:03 p.m.

    Just tell me where to mail my check....oh wait...it will be taken from my paycheck regardless of my desire to pay for those w/o insurance.....

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