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Report Finds an Alarming Number of Chronically Ill Patients - Over 93 Percent - Reporting Medical Debt Crisis Issues in 2008 Have Some Form of Insurance
Date:4/29/2009

New trend findings of "underinsured" patients based on successful resolution of more than 48,000 cases by national, non-profit Patient Advocate Foundation in 2008

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) - a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability relative to their diagnosis of life threatening or debilitating diseases - today released their annual Patient Data Analysis Report (PDAR), which includes detailed analysis of general and specific healthcare access and insurance trends at the national and state-specific level. Regarded as a thorough and reliable resource by policymakers, healthcare providers, stakeholders and other members of the healthcare community, this expert data analysis offers a comprehensive summary of issues impacting Americans' access to healthcare.

PAF is on the frontlines of the healthcare access battle millions of Americans fight every day. Last year alone, PAF received in excess of 9.5 million contacts from patients, family members and care professionals requesting information and assistance. PAF's professional senior patient navigators successfully managed 48,369 cases for patients that required direct, sustained mediation and arbitration services. Globally, more than sixty percent of all patients who contacted PAF in 2008 reported debt crisis issues as their primary concern. Ninety-three percent of these patients were insured through plans, but were still unable to obtain physician-prescribed healthcare despite coverage, reflecting an alarming trend of medical debt crisis issues in the nation's healthcare system. Nearly eighty percent of PAF patients are cancer patients. The remaining twenty percent have chronic diseases including diabetes, COPD, hepatitis, asthma and osteoporosis.


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