Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | November 17, 2009

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says enter a health care facility without health insurance and you increase your risk of death and serious injury.

Heather Rosen, of Harvard Medical School, and her colleagues analyzed data in the US National Trauma Data Bank from 2002 to 2006. The analysis found uninsured patients had a 39% higher risk of dying following traumatic injury, such as a car accident, versus patients with health insurance coverage.  So much for the idea that everyone is America is treated equally by health care professionals.

When corrected for sex, race, age, injury severity and injury patients without health insurance coverage had an 80% higher chance of dying from traumatic injury.  

Now, I understand why the very first thing a secretary in a doctor’s office asks for is your insurance card and a co-payment.   If those statistics were not bad enough, if a younger patient without health care insurance really gets screwed by health care professionals — uninsured young people were at 89% increased risk of death. 

Check it out in the article entitled Downwardly Mobile – the accidental cost of being uninsured, a paper in Archives of Surgery

I would be far richer if I were as interested in money as my friends in the health care industry.  What a wickedly greedy profession to be in.

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