Unemployment is horrible for your health.
This fact is well-documented: Long-term unemployment is associated with declines in mental well-being and increases in mortality. In all, "losing a job because of an establishment closure increased the odds of fair or poor health by 54 percent, and among respondents with no preexisting health conditions, it increased the odds of a new likely health condition by 83 percent," a 2009 study in the journal Demography concluded. Even those unemployed who retain health insurance after being axed from their jobs have greater complications, as this chart from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates:
But perhaps the more disturbing indication is this: Combined with the increased likelihood of health problems, the unemployed have a decreased likelihood of receiving the appropriate intervention. This is true even when they retain insurance. According to the CDC, "Among adults with private health insurance, one in seven (14.7 percent) unemployed adults experienced either a delay or lack of needed medical care because of cost compared with 8.7 percent of employed adults."
This holds true even when the intervention may mean life or death. End-stage renal disease, "the complete or almost complete failure of the kidneys to work," isn't pleasant. In order for a person to survive it, they need either continual dialysis or a transplant. But recent research reveals a disparity falling along employment lines.