Monday, September 28, 2009

Study links 45,000 U.S. deaths to lack of insurance

By Susan Heavey, Reuters

Postedby Ka Lee Angel Lee

WASHINGTON - Nearly 45,000 people die in the United States each year — one every 12 minutes — in large part because they lack health insurance and can not get good care, Harvard Medical School researchers found in an analysis released Thursday.

"We're losing more Americans every day because of inaction . . . than drunk driving and homicide combined," Dr. David Himmelstein, a co-author of the study and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard, said in an interview with Reuters.

Overall, researchers said American adults age 64 and younger who lack health insurance have a 40 per cent higher risk of death than those who have coverage.


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  2. Wow, it is scary to hear that one person in the US dies every 12 minutes due to lack of medical insurance.
    -Lindsey Connell