There’s plenty of statistics and articles available on the disastrous health insurance situation in the United States of America. Health care costs have spiraled out of control, for the most part, making health care unaffordable to the uninsured. And health insurance itself has become increasingly expensive while covering less of the costs of health care in America. I could bombard you with the numbers and statistics but I’ll spare you the agony. That information is strewn about everywhere. We know that people who are unemployed and under-employed are left without adequate access to health care. We know that many people who are self-employed are offered health insurance at individual rates that are often unaffordable and impractical. We rarely think of physicians and other clinicians who are working in the health care professions to be also living without health insurance in America. Doctor Kelly Eagen shares her experience with going without health insurance for a period of time. If you are uninsured or under-insured, or know someone who is so, or even if you are just someone who cares, feel free to comment. And stay tuned for a few more doctors without health insurance who will be sharing their varying perspectives on the subject.
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Episode: Guest Bios & Individual Clips
- Dr. Kelly Eagen
- Dr. Kelly Eagen now works as a full-time primary care physician for the San Francisco Department of Public Health at the Housing and Urban Health Clinic. In her clinical practice she cares for patients living in supportive housing affected by high rates of substance abuse, mental health problems, and infectious and chronic diseases. She grew up in a suburb of Chicago, graduated from Duke University and the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago and completed the University of California - San Francisco Family and Community Medicine Residency Program. In her free time she enjoys biking, swimming, yoga, hanging out with friends, cooking, entertaining and building elaborate costumes for theme-parties :) She feels fortunate to now have full health insurance through her current job.
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