http://www.theatlantic.com/personal/arc … nce/35820/
I thought this was a good article to share as I searched for proof of my assertion that no one dies BECAUSE they don't have insurance. Turns out, that's impossible to prove but it sure isn't a very large number.
#1 Cause of Bankruptcy? Answer: Medical Bills
78% of those declaring bankruptcy for Medical Bills HAVE insurance.
Number of estimated Deaths in the United States each year caused by Medical Mistakes:
The JOURNAL of the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (JAMA) Vol 284, No 4, July 26th 2000 article written by Dr Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, shows that medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the United States.
The report apparently shows there are 2,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery; 7000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals; 20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals; 80,000 deaths/year from infections in hospitals; 106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medications - these total up to 225,000 deaths per year in the US from iatrogenic causes which ranks these deaths as the # 3 killer. Iatrogenic is a term used when a patient dies as a direct result of treatments by a physician, whether it is from misdiagnosis of the ailment or from adverse drug reactions used to treat the illness. (drug reactions are the most common cause).
This is why those that CLAIM that people die from not having insurance is so ridiculous.
People DIE. Everyone DIES.
225,000 vs 45,000
Seems to me these numbers PROVE it's safer not to have insurance.
Interesting use of numbers... these come directly from the highly respected JAMA!
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