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Number in Chicago without health insurance hits 22.7%

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Posted on Feb 09, 2004, 5 a.m. By Bill Freeman

The number of people in Illinois without health insurance is up for the second year in a row, to 15.9 percent, says a new report by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In Chicago, the proportion is much higher, 22.7 percent. In the metropolitan area, it's 12.8 percent. "You walk into a doctor's office, and they say you need a 45-minute procedure and it will set you back $40,000," one Chicago man told the Gilead Outreach and Referral Center, which commissioned the study.

The number of people in Illinois without health insurance is up for the second year in a row, to 15.9 percent, says a new report by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In Chicago, the proportion is much higher, 22.7 percent. In the metropolitan area, it's 12.8 percent. "You walk into a doctor's office, and they say you need a 45-minute procedure and it will set you back $40,000," one Chicago man told the Gilead Outreach and Referral Center, which commissioned the study. "I went home, and I had to sell the car and assets," he said. "The alternative was debilitating. At that point, you're self-funded.

Source: http://www.suntimes.com/output/health/cst-nws-insure08.html



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