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More than 26 000 Americans die each year because of lack of health insurance

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 17 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:855
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

Many more Americans die because of a lack of health insurance than previously thought, concludes a new state by state study by Families USA, a non-profit organisation that advocates health care for all Americans.

More than 26 260 Americans aged 25 to 64 died in 2006 because they lacked health insurance—more than twice as many as were murdered, Families USA said. In the seven years from 2000 to 2006 an estimated 162 700 Americans died because of lack of health insurance.

Families USA said, “The number of uninsured Americans reached 47 million in 2006, and it continues to …

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