Insurance Is The Key–Not Income!

November 17, 2009

Uninsured Trauma Victims More Likely to Die

Even after adjusting for injury severity and comorbidities, trauma patients who did not have insurance had higher mortality rates than those who did, researchers said.

Lack of insurance increased the risk of death following traumatic injury by up to 89%, relative to individuals with commercial insurance, for various subgroups chosen to control for comorbidities, reported Heather Rosen, MD, MPH, of Children’s Hospital Boston, and colleagues.

These differences were seen in patients 18 to 30 years old, who would be expected to have few comorbidities; those whose records indicated that they had at least one comorbidity; and victims of head injuries, the researchers said in the November issue of Archives of Surgery.

The findings were not a function of income, according to their report: trauma victims with Medicaid coverage fared no worse, and in some cases better, than those with commercial insurance.

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