From The Greenville News:
The Taylors Free Medical Clinic has seen a 25 percent increase in the number of people seeking health care over the past two years, sometimes getting so busy they must turn new patients away.
By Liv Osby | Staff Writer
1:17 AM, Sep. 14, 2011
The Taylors Free Medical Clinic has seen a 25 percent increase in the number of people looking for medical care in the past two years, a sign of the country’s ongoing economic pain.
“The number … continues to increase every day,” executive director Karen Salerno told greenvilleonline.com. “We are significantly over what we were this time last year, and there are weeks where have to cut off and say we can’t take any new patients.”
More Americans — including children — are falling into poverty and going without health insurance, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday.
The real median household income in 2010 —$49,445 — dropped 2.3 percent from 2009, the Census reported.
And the official poverty rate was 15.1 percent, up from 14.3 percent a year earlier, the fourth consecutive annual increase and the largest number in 52 years, growing to 46.2 million last year, or 2.6 million more than in 2009.
The poverty rate for children, meanwhile, grew from 20.7 percent to 22 percent.
And the number of people without health insurance grew from 49 million to 49.9 million, despite growth in the number with government-sponsored coverage, according to the census.
“These numbers are not surprising, especially considering how poorly our economy is doing,” said Sue Berkowitz, director of South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center.
“This is not a good sign for South Carolina,” she said. “People are really hurting.”
Though final state numbers weren’t available, preliminary census data show that the number of uninsured in South Carolina grew from 16.8 percent in 2009 to 20.6 percent in 2010, or about one in five people. (more…)
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