How does medical crisis affect a person & their family?
Medical crisis is a common phenomenon, but it is through the spirit of Lyn’s compassion and her faith that we are banding together to help others in need.
In an article about medical crisis, it stated that “Medical problems caused 62% of all personal bankruptcies filed in the U.S. in 2007, according to a study by Harvard researchers. This finding surprised even the researchers, 78% of those filers had medical insurance at the start of their illness, including 60.3% who had private coverage, not Medicare or Medicaid.”
*Business Week 2009
Medically related bankruptcies have been rising steadily for decades. In 1981, only 8% of families filing for bankruptcy cited a serious medical problem as the reason, while a 2001 study of bankruptcies in five states by the same researchers found that illness or medical bills contributed to 50% of all filings. This newest, nationwide study, conducted before the start of the current recession by Drs. David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler of Harvard Medical School, Elizabeth Warren of Harvard Law School, and Deborah Thorne, a sociology professor at Ohio University, found that the filers were for the most part solidly middle class before medical disaster hit. Two-thirds owned their home and three-fifths had gone to college.
Supporting a program such as ours brings us to one of the higher levels of charity that Maimonedes outlined: Giving anonymously to an unknown recipient via a person (or fund) which is trustworthy and can perform acts of charity with compassion. Our non-profit provides an opportunity for people to participate.