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45,000 Deaths Annually Linked to Lack of Health Coverage
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
In the ongoing healthcare reform debate, one issue seems to hover over the discussion—but is rarely addressed: Is the inability to obtain health insurance associated with a higher probability of death? A new Harvard University Medical School study brings the topic out into the open by linking nearly 45,000 deaths each year to the lack of health insurance. [Read More]
Sept. 17, 2009
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