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THE EVIDENCE (1 OF 7)


The Evidence

Avoidable Costs

  • Compared to the privately insured, the rate of avoidable hospitalizations for the uninsured has increased over time from 24.3% in 1980 to 54.6% in 1998 compared to a less than 4% increase for the insured.

Medical Advice

  • Uninsured people are 50% less likely to receive cardiac procedural recommendations from their physician.

  1. Source: Kozak LJ, Hall MJ, Owings MF. Trends in avoidable hospitalizations. Health Affairs. 2001;20(2):225-32.
  2. Source: Leape LL; Hilborne LH; Bell R; Kamberg C; Brook RH. Underuse of cardiac procedures: do women, ethnic minorities, and the uninsured fail to receive needed revascularization? Ann Intern Med 1999; 2;130(3):183-92.  
 
     

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