WRP reports that many workers wouldn’t be able to financially handle a medical emergency.
A survey of public employees in Wisconsin finds many don’t understand their policies and most would have a hard time coming up with money for a medical emergency.
Survey findings from employees in the Wisconsin Group Health Insurance reported that cost sometimes prevents them from going to the doctor. And just 35 percent are confident they could pay for an emergency — medical or otherwise — costing $2,000 or more.
According to their report, the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs found nearly one-third of the more than 2,000 people surveyed reported skipping a test or treatment due to costs.
Just 18 percent of public employees in Wisconsin who responded to the survey have a high-deductible plan. High-deductible plans have been linked to delayed diagnosis and treatment, NPR reported last month.
More than 250,000 state and local employees are covered under the Wisconsin’s Group Health Insurance Program.