IOM Report Shows Consequences of Being Uninsured – Institute of Medicine

IOM Report Shows Consequences of Being Uninsured – Institute of Medicine – Brief Article

Matthew Neff

A new report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) shows that uninsured adults are at higher risk of premature death, are more likely to have diminished health status, and are less likely to receive recommended screening and preventive services compared with insured adults. This report also found that uninsured victims of trauma are more likely to die of their injuries, and that being uninsured for even a year greatly diminishes a person’s general health. The report, Care Without Coverage: Too Little, Too Late, which is the second in a series issued by the IOM Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance, summarizes the research evidence contrasting the health of insured and uninsured adults. “(This) report about the health consequences of not having health insurance should come as no surprise to anyone,” said Warren Jones, M.D., Ridgeland, Miss., president of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). “However, it should spur us to take action. The uninsured status of nearly 40 million Americans is a national problem that needs to be addressed at a national level.” To order a copy of the IOM report, visit www.nap.edu/catalog/10367.html, or call the National Academy Press at 800-624-6242.

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