Many health workers uninsured
A study published in this month's edition of the American Journal of Public Health reveals that 1.36 million health care workers in the country have jobs that do not provide them with health insurance---an increase of eighty-nine percent in the past 4 years. According to the study, the decrease in the availability of health coverage for health care workers is symptomatic of an overall decline in the quality and conditions of available employment across the health care industry. The authors of the study attribute the decline to the increasing prevalence of private-sector health care jobs, and to a decline in union membership.
See JULIE APPLEBY, USA Today, March 27, 2002