Blog | Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Sad stories about health coverage

Today's New York Times features several couples who are considering marriage or divorce for health insurance reasons. The story cites a Kaiser poll in which 7% of respondents said someone in their household had married for insurance in the past year. That statistic seems shockingly high, and the polltakers caution that it shouldn't be taken literally, but I personally know a young couple who cancelled their wedding so the groom could continue receiving care for his terminal cancer under his parents' insurance (a twist the NYT didn't cover). What kinds of extreme measures have you seen patients take to get or keep health insurance? Is this a trend that will affect the practice of medicine, or marriage?