Millions with chronic disease get little to no treatment

New York Times, August 5, 2008

One out of every three working-age, uninsured Americans suffers from a chronic illness and isn’t getting the medical care they need, according to a report by researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle. Many of these people are forgoing doctors’ visits or relying on emergency rooms for their medical care, according to the study's authors. The report, based on an analysis of government health surveys of adults ages 18 to 64 years old, estimated that about 11 million of the 36 million people without insurance in 2004 had received a chronic-condition diagnosis.


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