GAO: Children on Medicaid have worse Physician Access than Children with no Insurance whatsoever
A 2010 study of 1,231 patients with cancer of the throat, published in the medical journal Cancer, found that Medicaid patients and people lacking any health insurance were both 50% more likely to die when compared with privately insured patients—even after adjusting for factors that influence cancer outcomes. Medicaid patients were 80% more likely than those with private insurance to have tumors that spread to at least one lymph node. Recent studies show similar outcomes for breast and colon cancer...
A 2010 study of 893,658 major surgical operations performed between 2003 to 2007, published in the Annals of Surgery, found that being on Medicaid was associated with the longest length of stay, the most total hospital costs, and the highest risk of death. Medicaid patients were almost twice as likely to die in the hospital than those with private insurance. By comparison, uninsured patients were about 25% less likely than those with Medicaid to have an "in-hospital death."..
A 2011 study of 13,573 patients, published in the American Journal of Cardiology, found that people with Medicaid who underwent coronary angioplasty (a procedure to open clogged heart arteries) were 59% more likely to have "major adverse cardiac events," such as strokes and heart attacks, compared with privately insured patients. Medicaid patients were also more than twice as likely to have a major, subsequent heart attack after angioplasty as were patients who didn't have any health insurance at all...
A 2011 study of 11,385 patients undergoing lung transplants for pulmonary diseases, published in the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, found that Medicaid patients were 8.1% less likely to survive 10 years after the surgery than their privately insured and uninsured counterparts. Medicaid insurance status was a significant, independent predictor of death after three years—even after controlling for other clinical factors that could increase someone's risk of poor outcomes.
In all of these studies, the researchers controlled for the socioeconomic and cultural factors that can negatively influence the health of poorer patients on Medicaid...
yes. until, of course, you start actually doing apples to apples comparisons, in which case not so much.these countries have higher life expectancies than we do
really. so if I took a pool of 100,000 average Americans, and added in 50,000 smokers, many of whom were obese, and half of whom were on drugs, the price of insurance would go down due to the fact that 150,000 people were now "in the pool"?And again, none of this even has to do with cost or law of large numbers. There is literally no arguing that law of large numbers reduces uncertainty, which makes something like health care cheaper. That is what is called a fact.
Ohhh, ok, so the only reason it appears to be cheaper is because they are doing the comparison wrong, at least according to LaMidRighter. Whatever. Ok ok, let me change the phrasing so it is easier for you to understand:
Fact: The more people insured, the cheaper the insurance because of less uncertainty.
I think you are assuming "uncertainty" only travels in one direction.