Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Bush Legacy: Number in Chicago without health insurance hits 22.7%

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.