In a study of 1,771 people who filed for bankruptcy, reported this year by four researchers at Harvard and Ohio University, 28 percent said the cause was illness or injury. Most were middle class, educated and had health insurance at the start of the treatment. Many lost phone service, went without meals or skipped medications to save money. Although the study relied largely on people's own accounts of their finances, the figure suggests that as many as 400,000 American families file for bankruptcy each year because of medical expenses.
Steve - This is what our health care system has come to. This figure came from a crushing story the appeared today in the New York Times today entitled, "When health insurance is not a safeguard." The state of health in America requires drastic measures. It is paramount that we do everything we can to keep ourselves as healthy as possible. Eating properly is priority number one.