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Hospital bills beyond reach of uninsured: study
Modern Healthcare

Uninsured patients can afford to pay an estimated 5% of the amount hospitals bill for medical care, federal researchers report in a newly released analysis of household assets. That amounts to roughly 12% of the cost for care provided to the 2.1 million uninsured who were admitted to hospitals in 2008, according to the report. The report, by HHS‘ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, reviewed household assets, by income, among the uninsured in 2006-07, as well as hospital bills and the cost of hospital care in 2008. The analysis included bills for patients admitted to the hospital but did not include other charges, such as physician, ambulance services or post-acute care.