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A total of 58 million Americans lack health insurance

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7366.678/d (Published 28 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:678
  1. Charles Marwick
  1. Washington, DC

    At some point in their lives, one in five members of American families lack health insurance for a year or more—a total of some 58 million people—and this threatens the health and financial stability of the entire household.

    This is the principal finding from the third report of an investigation by the US Institute of Medicine on the effects of lack of health insurance on health.

    Earlier reports had shown that people without insurance had poorer health than those who had insurance. The latest report, Health Insurance is a Family Matter,deals …

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