July 27, 2011
By Robert Lewis, InsWeb.com
Living without health insurance can be deadly, according to a recent New York Times article.
The article looked at a recent study by Families USA, a non-profit, non-partisan health care advocacy group.
What the study found is shocking: roughly 275,000 adult Americans will die over the next decade due to a lack of health insurance.
That is, if the current health care system remains unchanged.
Research has shown a strong correlation between lack of health insurance and increased risk of death. Those without health insurance are more likely to skip routine physicals and other preventive care, which means their medical issues advance until they are more difficult—and expensive—to treat.
Not surprisingly, the uninsured are also more likely to forego prescription drugs and routine surgeries.
Other findings from the study include:
The article also stated an important fact: thousands of Americans, perhaps millions, experience a lower quality of life and poorer overall health because they lack of coverage.
Chronic fatigue, underactive thyroid, frequent sinus infections, severe arthritis, a fractured elbow that was never treated—these conditions won’t always result in death, but without treatment, they can make for an agonizing life.
Unfortunately, the economic recession has exacerbated the problem. Most Americans receive health insurance benefits through their employer, and high unemployment rates have left millions without coverage.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 50 million Americans are now without health insurance. That’s one in every six Americans.
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