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Report: 275k to die due to lack of health insurance

A new report gives hard numbers for the steepest price of all the “costs” discussed in the health reform debate. 

An estimated 275,000 people will die in the next decade because of a lack of health insurance. That’s the conclusion of a new report by Families USA.

The report is in line with other research that pinned deaths due in part to lack of health insurance at 18,000 in 2000 (Institute of Medicine), and 22,000 in 2006 (Urban Institute).

The reason: Uninsured patients are less likely to get regular check-ups and screenings that can catch serious conditions when they’re more treatable. The uninsured are also more likely to forgo or skip treatments, like getting prescriptions refilled, due to the extra costs.

The report is likely a conservative estimate — it calculated that uninsured patients’ mortality rates are 25% higher — but other, more recent research shows death rates increasing by closer to 40%.

According to the report, roughly 64% of the deaths are projected to be in just 12 states. They are:

  • California (34,600)
  • Texas (31,700)
  • Florida (25,400)
  • New York (13,900)
  • Georgia (11.500)
  • North Carolina (9,600)
  • Illinois (9,400)
  • Ohio (8,900)
  • Louisiana (7,700)
  • Michigan (7,600)
  • Pennsylvania (7,500), and
  • Tennessee (7,500).

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