Uninsured more likely to die from trauma, UB researchers find

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Trauma patients without insurance are more likely to die of their injuries from auto accidents and gunshot wounds than privately insured patients with similar injuries, according to findings of an analysis conducted by UB emergency medicine physicians.

In addition, the authors found that Medicaid patients who were injured in motor vehicle accidents had a lower death rate than those with private insurance, indicating that factors other than the level of financial remuneration for medical services are influencing trauma outcomes. 

Patients covered by any of the insurance plans studied—Medicaid, Medicare, private and managed care organizations such as HMOs—had better mortality rates for all injuries than persons without insurance, the analysis of 193,804 patients from 649 facilities showed.

Results of the study were presented earlier this month at the 2010 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

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