Having health insurance is important because having coverage helps people get timely medical care and improves their lives and health. Uninsured people get only half as much care as someone that is privately insured. Uninsured adults get fewer preventive and screening services.
Persons who are uninsured that have cancer get diagnosed at a later stage of the disease, when treatment is more than likely to be unsuccessful. Adults that are uninsured with heart trouble are less likely to stay on prescribed medications for high blood pressure. Pregnant woman who are uninsured will use less prenatal care services. Children of the uninsured are likely to go without the vaccinations that they need.
Without health insurance you are less likely to live as long as someone who is insured. When it comes to emergency services, the person in the next room that has insurance will receive better treatment that you that is uninsured. Health conditions diagnosed early through routine screenings, respond better to treatment. People with health insurance are more likely to go for health screenings such as physicals, pap smears, and prostate exams.
Why health insurance? The average emergency room visit can cost around $700.00. A broken leg can cost up to $7,500.00. Child birth can cost from $8,000.00 and up. The bottom line is health insurance is the most valuable asset of all. With a good insurance plan, you help protect the health and financial future of you and your family.