In 2008, the uninsured received $116 billion worth of care from hospitals, doctors, and other providers, which was usually provided for emergencies that could no longer be ignored. Those costs had to be paid for somehow, and they were covered in the following ways:
- On average, the uninsured themselves paid for more 37 percent of the total costs of the care they received.
- Government programs and charities, paid for another 26 percent of that care.
- The rest, approximately $42.7 billion in 2008, was unpaid (So called "uncompensated care").
The next time you here someone bemoan "increased taxes" to pay for health care reform, remember the truth. We need to get rid of the tax we already bear, and substitute a planned system that actually gets people in for needed care before things fall apart, thereby saving us all money.