Underinsurance threatens physical and financial wellbeing of US familiesBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a419 (Published 19 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1399
- Jeanne Lenzer
- 1New York
A survey has found that one of every eight US adults is “underinsured,” causing many families to file for bankruptcy and forgo needed health care (Health Affairs 2008 Jun 10; doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.27.4.w298).
The survey of 2616 US adults, conducted by the Commonwealth Fund, a charitable organisation based in New York that promotes a “high performing healthcare system,” found that 42% of people aged 19 to 65 had either no health insurance or were underinsured in 2007—up from 35% in 2003 (Health Affairs 2005 Jun 14; doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.w5.289).
Respondents were defined as underinsured if they spent 10% or more of …