Uninsured in El Paso? You are 40% more likely to fall Seriously Ill, concludes Harvard College Study
An article from the American Journal of Public Health conducted by Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance discovered that Working-age Americans have 40% higher risk of dying than privately insured Working-age Americans.In our city of El Paso, according to Silvestre Reyes, around 230,000 persons – that is to say, around one in three El Pasoans – have no Health Insurance.
Even after taking into consideration socieconomics, health behaviors and baseline health. This means that uninsured groups were compared to insured groups based on similar health, income and social habits. Lead author Andrew Wilper, M.D., who currently teaches at the University of Washington School of Medicine stated that Preventive Care and Medications have greatly improved but if people that need them don’t have access to them, then uninsured individuals are more likely to develop critical Health Problems later on. Another important factor contributing to the higher number of deaths is the improved quality of services and care that insured people can get compared to uninsured people.
David Himmelstein, study co-author, and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a primary care physician at Cambridge Health Alliance stated that today is estimated that one American dies every 12 minutes from lack of Health Insurance.