EdgeWise 17.1.2004

2004-01-17

18,000 dead versus Your Bill

Lack of health insurance causes roughly 18,000 unnecessary deaths every year in the United States.
Sigh. This statistic does not actually persuade anyone of anything they didn't already think. The statistic that does persuade people is how much more the average person pays for medical care in order to subsidize the emergency room trips by the poor who's untreated, cheaply preventable conditions become critical. This second statistic is more elusive, and I haven't seen good numbers for a decade. Anyone seen them lately?
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