Raising Women’s Voices

High Uninsurance Rates Affect the Insured, Too

Posted in Reports and Studies by raisingwomensvoices on March 12, 2009

On February 24th, the Institute of Medicine released a report complied by a committee of medical, health, policy, economic and business professionals. The report claims that when the percentage of uninsured in an area increases, access and quality of care decreases, even for the insured.

High uninsurance rates tend to drive providers from an area, affecting availability, quality, and cost to those that are covered.

The report also says that both children and adults benefit from having health insurance, which can help with preventative treatment, and be less likely to lead to later hospitilaztion, especially because those without coverage are likely to delay or forgo treatment.

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