Not Easy to Be Disabled
As medical professionals know, healthcare for the disabled is anything but cheap. According to 2006 data, the CDC says that 26% of all adult health care costs were disability related, amounting to a whopping $398.7 billion.
Unfortunately, the disabled are often not in the position to afford such care, precisely because their disabilities prevent them from being gainfully employed. In fact, statistics show that people living with disabilities are twice as likely to be poor than their able-bodied counterparts. Even more disturbing, this number has only increased over the past 25 years.
Charity Care Funds Being Slashed
Further compounding the problem is the fact that some states are slashing funding for charity care. With tighter charity budgets, hospitals risk piling on potential bad debt since they cannot realistically expect to collect unpaid bills from disabled patients.
Eligibility is the Key
Luckily, many people with illnesses are actually eligible to get social security disability benefits from the government--they just might not know that their condition is covered by such provisions. That’s why many hospitals now hire eligibility experts to help assess a patient’s case and determine their eligibility for benefits.