Are you sure kat? "WASHINGTON - The number of Americans who don't have health insurance rose sharply in 2002, mainly because of unemployment increases and two straight years of cuts in employer-provided health coverage. The number of uninsured Americans jumped by 2.4 million to 43.6 million last year, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Monday. That's 15.2 percent of the population, compared with 14.6 percent in 2001. " This is from a 30 Sep 2003 Knight-Ridder news item. AFAIK, "uninsured" in US-speak, when referring to medical insurance, means that the full costs of *any* medical treatment - even a visit to the local GP - must be paid by the patient ... and even a 15 minute local GP check-up may 'cost' over US$100. But then, what do I know?