Milwaukee residents have access to three multi-hospital healthcare delivery systems including Aurora, Covenant, and Horizon healthcare. They also have the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center; a sprawling campus that includes research centers, outpatient clinics, a level-one trauma center, and hospitals such as the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. However, this great access to healthcare means little if you do not have Milwaukee, WI health insurance.
More than half of Milwaukee’s residents suffer from one or more chronic diseases. Though this city does offer clinics and programs to help the uninsured with their medical needs, it is rare that those without insurance have a single doctor that they see regularly. These uninsured residents tend to lack access to the necessary follow-up care and treatment that is necessary for the chronically ill and often forego age-appropriate routine testing such as mammograms and colonoscopies.
This is unfortunate because these screening tests have been proven to save lives as well as reduce the overall cost of treatment. The earlier that many illnesses, including cancer, are detected, the easier and more likely they are to be treated successfully. A solid system of preventive health care can ultimately save both lives and money.
In all, there were 126,463 inpatient hospital stays in Milwaukee County in 2010. These averaged a total of 4.6 days at an average cost of $28,297 each. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services, a total of 16,146 hospitalizations that took place in Milwaukee County in 2010 could have been avoided through timely and effective preventative care. These preventable hospital-stays averaged $29,350 each.
Residents without Milwaukee health insurance often try to save money by avoiding doctors unless absolutely necessary. However, by the time they feel their health problems are bad enough to justify an examination, their illnesses have often escalated to the point that extensive treatment or hospitalization is needed. Annual physicals, routine bloodwork, and screening tests have proven to help patients lead longer, healthier lives as well as save money on healthcare costs.
Roughly half of all bankruptcies in this country are due to overwhelming medical bills; and in 2011, nearly 30,000 residents of Wisconsin filed for bankruptcy. The personal and financial devastation that a bankruptcy claim can cause a person are long-lasting and, in many cases, could have been avoided had the person had the proper health insurance coverage.
You may think that healthcare is simply too cost-prohibitive to purchase, and traditionally, this has been true for many people. However, with the enactment of the recently passed healthcare laws, healthcare coverage costs are slated to become more reasonably priced than ever. Tax breaks and insurance costs based on income will help make this life-saving insurance affordable for everyone.
Starting in 2014, Americans who do not have access to health insurance through their work will need to buy a policy on their own. A Trusted Choice® network representative will be able to help you find your ideal policy. Contact an agent in your neighborhood now to receive more information and an obligation-free selection of Milwaukee health insurance quotes.