Think about that: one-third! (Actually, it was a little worse than that: 37.1 percent). That’s an awful lot of worried, seriously-ill people, who are obsessing over something not directly connected to their disease.
Now, here’s the real kicker. From the article:
“Most of the  patients were covered by an employer-based plan or some form of Medicare; 18 participants had purchased their coverage through a health insurance marketplace; and five patients reported not having insurance of any kind and being unable to afford a plan.”
Most of the people who such worries about going bankrupt have insurance! So much for insurance providing peace of mind. What does that say about the quality of the insurance safety net so many are depending on?
Even worse than worrying about inadequate insurance is the worry about having no insurance at all. A great many survey respondents spoke of certain trade-offs they’ve had to make, to keep their medical funding in place, “such as choosing doctors based on co-pays, cutting back on food, activities — including education — to save money, and becoming isolated from family members. 'Even if I starve to death, I will not let go of my insurance. That is my life,' said one woman.”
It’s a sad commentary when a seriously-ill person is reduced to describing her insurance policy as her life. For far too many in our country, medical insurance is indeed a life-or-death matter.
Time for national single-payer health insurance — such as nearly every other industrialized nation already has — wouldn’t you say?