Thomas Ramey Watson

Uninsured Trauma Victims Face Sky-High Death Rate

Andrew Schneider writes:
(Nov. 16) — It’s federal law: All seriously injured emergency and trauma patients must be given equal lifesaving care, whether or not they can pay for it.

But that’s not happening, according to a new report.

The study, conducted by Children’s Hospital Boston research fellow Dr.

Heather Rosen and colleagues from three other hospitals, found that un insured trauma victims ages 18 to 30 are dying at an annual rate 89 percent higher than

insured victims with identically severe injuries.

Read article.

As a friend in the medical field points out, it’s probably the after care that is much poorer for the uninsured than the insured that makes for the huge difference in death rates between them.

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