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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Report identifies death rate tied to lack of health insurance in Connecticut

There are likely other factors that contribute to the reasons for these findings, but it is an interesting article. For instance, people of lower income also have a higher death rate, and would be less likely to have health insurance. Their financial status might have as much to do with it as the fact that they don't have health insurance. Even if we gave them health insurance, they still might not have the means to take proper care of themselves with nutrition. But it is an article that I hope people will find informative.

Report identifies death rate tied to lack of health insurance in Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. - Three Connecticut residents die every week because they don’t have health insurance and cannot afford to see doctors for regular checkups, screenings and other preventive care, according to a new report released today.

The study by Families USA, a nonprofit health care consumers group, says such care is important for catching diseases at an early stage and greatly increases the chances for survival.

In 2006, about 209,000 of the 1.9 million people in Connecticut between the ages of 25 and 64 didn’t have health insurance, and about 150 of them died that year because they lacked coverage, the report says.

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