Posted by: Tony Carson | 17 November, 2009

New Trauma for the Uninsured: 80% greater risk of death

If this isn’t a cry out for universal health care in the US, what is?

The risk of dying from traumatic injuries is 80% higher for those without any insurance, a study says. ER physicians say they’re surprised by the findings.

Patients who lack health insurance are more likely to die from car accidents and other traumatic injuries than people who belong to a health plan — even though emergency rooms are required to care for all comers regardless of ability to pay, according to a study published today.

An analysis of 687,091 patients who visited trauma centers nationwide from 2002 to 2006 found that the odds of dying from injuries were almost twice as high for the uninsured than for patients with private insurance, researchers reported in Archives of Surgery.

Trauma physicians said they were surprised by the findings, even though a slew of studies had previously documented the ill effects of going without health coverage. Uninsured patients are less likely to be screened for certain cancers or to be admitted to specialty hospitals for procedures such as heart bypass surgery. Overall, about 18,000 deaths each year have been traced to a lack of health insurance.

The LA Times has the full story: Uninsured trauma patients are much more likely to die
AP has it Study: Injured uninsured more likely to die in ER
Sounds like it’s time to re-write the House bill and for the Republicans to get on side.

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