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Uninsured Americans are more likely to die prematurely

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7349.1296/b (Published 01 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1296
  1. Charles Marwick
  1. Washington

    Lack of health insurance is a risk factor for poor health. Americans who lack such insurance are in poorer general health, receive inadequate care, and are more likely to die prematurely than people with insurance.

    This is the conclusion of a new report from the US Institute of Medicine. The report was prepared by the institute's committee on the consequences of uninsurance and is the second of six reports the committee is issuing. The first report appeared last October.

    The committee examined the consequences of being uninsured for …

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