Sunday, July 19, 2009

Health Care Cost, access plague South Carolina Residents

Adrienne Sellers thought she made the right choice when she quit her job in Charleston and moved to Atlanta temporarily to help raise her grandchildren after her daughter was in a bad car accident. What Sellers didn't anticipate was the way her own medical problem would devastate her life.

In December 2008, Sellers was just settling back into life on the peninsula after eight months away when a doctor told her the unbearable pain she felt was from a prolapsed uterus and a subsequent infection — and she'd better get surgery quick.

Sellers had a solid work history, but her health care coverage had lapsed while she was caring for her family and she didn't have the money to pay for the expensive operation.

She is one of the hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians without health care coverage, a number that grows by 670 people each week. Depending on the estimate, roughly one out of every six South Carolinians does not have insurance.

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