"No health insurance" disease kills 22,000 Americans annually
In 2002, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimated that 18,000 Americans died in 2000 because they were uninsured. Since then, the number of uninsured has grown. Based on the IOM’s methodology and subsequent Census Bureau estimates of insurance coverage, 137,000 people died from 2000 through 2006 because they lacked health insurance, including 22,000 people in 2006.
In 2006, the U.S. economy was still “strong.” Five million Americans have recently lost their jobs, and many more are now working at lower-paying or part-time jobs that don’t offer health care. So perhaps five million American families have lost their health insurance since this estimate of 22,000 dead per year. The number is probably already much higher and continuing to rise.
Posted by James on Wednesday, April 08, 2009