Study: 1 In 8 Health Care Workers Lacks Insurance

BOSTON — A study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Public Health reveals that one out of every eight health care workers lacks medical insurance, far more than a decade ago.
According to the authors, 1.36 million health care personnel were uninsured in 1998, up 83.4{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} from 1988. The proportion of uninsured rose from 8.4{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} to 12.2{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5}. The study attributes the declining coverage rate to the growth of the workforce in private sector health care and falling health employment in the public sector, which tends to provide health benefits for more of its workers.