Over the past two decades, more and more Americans have been finding themselves without health insurance coverage. Although the people in Wisconsin have been experiencing this problem at a slower rate than the national average, more than 400,000 Wisconsin residents, including nearly 65,000 children lack health insurance.
With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2014, the uninsured in this state will need to purchase a healthcare policy.
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Wisconsin 2007 Health Snapshot
- About 35% of adults in this state have been diagnosed with high cholesterol
- Approximately 26% of all adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure
- About 28% of all state residents have been diagnosed with arthritis
- An estimated 6% of all state residents have been diagnosed with diabetes
- 28,130 state residents were newly diagnosed with some form of cancer in 2007
- Of those, 3,090 were colorectal cancer and 3,340 were breast cancer
A majority of Wisconsin’s residents suffer from one or more chronic diseases. Every year in this state, many new cases of colorectal and breast cancer are diagnosed; however, many residents forego screening tests that allow for early detection due to a lack of health insurance coverage.
The earlier that cancer and many other chronic illnesses are detected, the more likely they are to be treated successfully. Routine, age-appropriate testing, including colonoscopies and mammograms, are very effective at identifying the presence of cancer at its earliest stages. They are part of a system of preventive health-care that has been proven to save lives and result in less-expensive treatments.
Wisconsin Health Risk Factors
- Approximately 20% of adults and 21% of high school students smoke cigarettes
- About 62% of adults and 14% of high school students in this state are overweight
- An estimated 76% of adults and 82% of high school students eat fewer than 5 servings of fruits or vegetables a day
- 22% of Wisconsin’s women over the age of 40 state they have not had a mammogram in the past 2 years
- 36% of WI adults over 50 have never had a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy
- 11% of this state’s adults have no health insurance coverage
Residents in this state who lack healthcare coverage often try to save money by avoiding medical examinations and treatment unless they feel it is absolutely necessary. Often, by the time they believe their health concerns warrant a visit to the doctor, their illnesses have escalated to the point that wide-ranging and expensive treatment is necessary.
Annual physicals, including routine blood-work and blood-pressure screening, have been demonstrated to lead to healthier lifestyles in patients. During these visits, doctors can educate their patients about their health risks so that they might make lifestyle changes that can lead to longer, healthier lives. With a Wisconsin health insurance policy in place, you can have the benefits of preventive care without worrying about the associated costs.
Major Illnesses Can Be Accompanied by Excessive Costs
- The cost of prescription drugs for cancer patients can exceed $1,500 per month
- On average, hospitals charge as much as $7,000 per day for intensive care treatment
- Patients who are recovering from strokes can expect to pay about $15,000 for aftercare treatment
Approximately half of all bankruptcy filings in this country are because of overwhelming medical bills. In 2011, a whopping 26,919 Wisconsin residents filed for bankruptcy. In many cases, this devastating financial hardship could have been avoided through having health insurance coverage and getting routine preventive care.
How Can You Find Affordable Wisconsin Health Insurance?
You may be under the impression that healthcare coverage is too expensive to purchase; and conventionally, this has likely been true. However, as a result of the recently passed healthcare laws, health insurance costs are expected to become far more affordable for most Americans. For those who do not receive health insurance through their employers, the costs will be based primarily on their family’s income. Those most in need of assistance will be able to purchase their policies at the lowest rates.
A Trusted Choice® network agent can help you understand your healthcare options and can assist you with finding a health insurance plan that fits your coverage and budgetary needs. This way, you can enjoy the benefits of affordable preventive-care and live a healthier life. Contact an agent in your neighborhood now and you can begin comparing Wisconsin health insurance rates today.