• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Graduate Student
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    Health Information Management, CIS minor

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Doctor…and Healthcare

Yes, the lovely annual appointment.  We all dread it, we all loathe it, but it is one of those obligations that simply must be endured.  It makes me wonder, who exactly is covered by health insurance in our country?  With the economic turmoil and insecurity within our nation, it is sad to realize just how little of our population actually is.  What are the current statistics?

  • The number of people who are underinsured has grown 60 percent to 25 million over the past four years.
  • The highest rate of underinsurance is in families with incomes under the poverty level (about $20,000), at 31 percent.
  • Approximately 50 percent of personal bankruptcies are due to medical expenses.
  • 28 percent of middle income families (annual family income between $30,000 and $75,000) stated that they were currently having a serious problem paying for health care or health insurance.
  • Many co-habitating couples are getting married in order to provide their new spouse with access to health care benefits.
  • Prescription prices for drugs still under patent protections (as opposed to generic medications) are about 35% to 55% higher in the United States than they are in other countries.

**Via http://www.healthcareproblems.org/health-care-statistics.htm

Well, I guess what this tells me is that this may be one of the last annuals I will be able to afford for quite some time!  With minimal health care, there is absolutely no way that a starving college student can meet such high deductibles.  I suppose there is an up side to this…considering that I already try to avoid the doctor whenever possible.  However, in the event that something serious ever would occur, I would most certainly be in trouble.

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