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Unformatted text preview: the premium; however, many people cannot afford the premiums, which may exceed $900 per month for a family of three. Seventy-four percent of the uninsured are employed or the spouses and children of those who work. Medicaid pays physicians far less than does Medicare or private insurance with the result that many physicians do not accept Medicaid patients. An estimated 17.6 million adults have private health insurance that leaves major expenses uncovered in the event of a serious illness. Nonfinancial barriers to health care include inability to access care when needed, language, literacy, and cultural differences between patients and health care-givers, and factors of gender and race. Because a far higher proportion of minorities than whites in uninsured, has Medicaid coverage, or is poor, access problems are amplified for these groups....
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This note was uploaded on 08/20/2010 for the course PSC 192 taught by Professor Robertbetz during the Spring '10 term at GWU.
- Spring '10