Raising Women’s Voices

People of color and the uninsured are more likely to die in the ER

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on October 21, 2008

HealthDay News reported yesterday on the higher death rate of minorities and the uninsured after ER admittance.

“Compared with an insured white patient, equivalently injured black patients have 20 percent higher risk of dying, while Hispanic patients have a 51 percent increased odds of dying.”

“‘If we look at a similarly injured uninsured white patient, the odds of death go up by 55 percent. For uninsured minorities the odds of death go up even higher — 78 percent for blacks and 130 percent for Hispanics.'”

Read the full article here.

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