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Lack of health insurance costs up to $130bn in illness and premature death

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7404.1418-f (Published 26 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1418
  1. Charles Marwick
  1. Washington, DC

    About 41 million US residents lack health insurance, and a new report estimates that this lack costs the nation and the people themselves between $65bn (£40bn; €56bn) and $130bn a year.

    “The society-wide costs of the 41 million uninsured are not primarily due to the expense of providing health services to those without coverage. Most of the cost of uninsurance reflects the poorer health and shorter lives of uninsured individuals, who frequently receive too little health care and receive it too late,” said Dr Mary Sue Coleman, co-chair …

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