medical indigence

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The status of persons who are sick or injured and lack the resources or insurance to pay for the cost of their treatment. This status is encountered in nations that lack comprehensive publicly funded (tax-supported) medical and hospital insurance programs. Among the nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United States has the largest proportion of medically indigent persons.

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