This eye-opening article in today’s New York Times (nytimes.com) is of most relevance to the multiple system atrophy community as MSA often hits in ones 50s. The article addresses how “getting sick can be really expensive, even for the insured.”
The author notes:
Among people in their 50s who were hospitalized, about 10 percent never went back to work. Some others scaled back their hours or took lower-paying jobs.
The full article is well worth reading:
Getting Sick Can Be Really Expensive, Even for the Insured
Beyond medical costs, a trip to the hospital can mean a permanent reduction in income for many Americans, new research shows.
By Margot Sanger-Katz
New York Times
March 21, 2018