WPR News
8:16 am
Mon October 20, 2008

Teton County health insurance lags

Jackson, Wy – Teton County has the worst rate of health insurance coverage in Wyoming. 25 percent of people in that county are uninsured, according to new analysis from the U-S Census Bureau. Jackson Hole physician Brent Blue says many uninsured people are service workers and seasonal workers. He says their lack of insurance becomes a cost to people who are insured.
"The emergency room winds up becoming the primary provider for people without health coverage, and that's a very very expensive way of delivering primary care medicine."
Blue says uninsured people often put off healthcare until their illness is serious... so treatment is more expensive. Blue suggests uninsured people buy catastrophic insurance so they are covered in case of a major injury.