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The Body Economic by Sanjay Basu, David Stuckler

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6

TO CARE OR NOT TO CARE

Diane was forty-seven years old when a splinter ruined her life.1

She had been a teacher at a charter school in California. Because of $8.1 billion in education budget cuts the state enacted in 2009, she lost her job. Without her job, Diane lost her health insurance, so she had to purchase an individual coverage plan and pay the monthly premiums out of pocket. Diane signed up to the best plan she could afford, but that came with a high deductible: typically she would have to pay $5,000 before her insurance company covered any significant medical bills, making her think twice about whether she really had the money to seek medical help.2

One afternoon, about a year after she lost her job and signed up for this high-deductible ...

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