Fewer Uninsured Means Better Care for Everyone

The uninsured have become a catch-all for almost everything wrong in healthcare today. Now researchers have found that it's true. Underinsurance pulls down healthcare for the insured – and for society.

2 comments on "Fewer Uninsured Means Better Care for Everyone"
Todd (9/28/2011 at 10:20 PM)

How about the issue of the underpayment of Medicare and Medicaid and relationship with privately insured? Fewer Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries would mean less cost shifting and more affordable access to all. Oh wait, I guess thats not possibly since the legislation passed last year EXPANDED Medicaid and we have a lot of Baby Boomers.
M Christian (9/28/2011 at 7:15 PM)

This author ignores the fact that the areas with highest uninsured also have socio-economic issues,i.e., lower income. Lower income areas have trouble accessing care because providers don't want to work for free. An example: find a thoracic surgeon who is a Medi Cal provider. Additionally, the author quietly implies that insuring everyone (one payer system/socialized medicine) will take away all of the problems. It's flawed thinking and ignores the ultimate responsibility being that of the patient. Accountability is sorely lacking as a talking point in the cacophony of "health care reform."


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