The Newsroom    Published Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, 1:42 PM
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More than 20 percent in county uninsured

Brazosport Facts (Internet / Print) 12/27/05 http://thefacts.com/story.lasso?ewcd=11ae1924c79d1370 “My case just wasn’t special enough,” Maenza said of being accepted by the teaching hospital. She said she was told not everyone gets medical care. The reporter cringed because she didn’t write down that person’s name. “That’s the way society is nowadays. It’s sad,” she said. However, Michael Hill, UTMB’s assistant director for hospital and clinics, said “every case to us is interesting.” The problem is the hospital simply can’t afford to treat everyone who walks through its doors. More “partners” are needed in caring for the uninsured, he said. “The working poor, they’re caught in the middle,” Hill said. They’re not eligible for indigent care under county contracts for such services, yet comprehensive benefits are too expensive for some people to afford if their employer doesn’t offer insurance, he said.



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