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Insurance Coverage Status Affects Mortality Rate in Pediatric Trauma Patients

By Matthew Yglesias on December 15, 2009 at 9:57 am

"Insurance Coverage Status Affects Mortality Rate in Pediatric Trauma Patients"

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A study led by Heather Rosen, MD, MPH, research fellow in the Department of Plastic Surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, found that uninsured children were over three times more likely to die from their trauma-related injuries than children who were commercially insured, after adjustment for other factors such as age, gender, race, injury severity and injury type in an analysis of data from the National Trauma Data Bank. Moreover, publicly-insured children were 1.19 times more likely to die from trauma when compared with commercially-insured children.

Some people in earlier posts on this topic claim to find a contradiction between my belief that many Americans overtreated and my belief that the uninsured minority of Americans are undertreated. The consistency seems pretty clear to me. In fact, the reality that both of these things are true is one reason why taxing cadillac insurance plans is a good way to pay for expanded coverage.

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