Stop the presses! This just in from Yahoo News. Incredibly, lack of health insurance keeps people from getting care–Diabetes Care Thwarted by Unstable Health Insurance: Study
Among patients with continuous insurance, 48 percent received at least three lipid-screening tests during the three-year study, 25 percent received three or more flu shots, 72 percent received three or more blood glucose screenings, and 19 percent underwent three or more screenings for kidney damage.
Patients with interrupted or no coverage received far fewer of these preventive health services, the investigators found.
“Our study shows that patients need continuous health insurance coverage in order to ensure adequate preventive care, even when that care is provided at a reduced cost,” study author Rachel Gold, an investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore., said in a Kaiser Permanente news release.
Even if consigning our fellow citizens to blindness, amputation and early death is the right thing to do in Aynrandia, it’s very bad for the USA. Diabetes, for unclear reasons, is now an epidemic. If the disease were not so ubiquitous and gradual people would be more afraid of it. If mercy is not a word we are allowed to use in political arguments, consider enlightened self-interest. Preventive care today can keep people healthy and working. Neglecting public health leads to suffering and depletes our national strength.