This study puts numbers on what nurses and providers who work with low-income Americans already know– medical care when it’s needed saves lives, health and money…
When poor people are given medical insurance, they not only find regular doctors and see doctors more often but they also feel better, are less depressed and are better able to maintain financial stability, according to a new, large-scale study that provides the first rigorously controlled assessment of the impact of Medicaid.
Part of our health care problem is that we fail to prevent disease, and end up spending huge bucks in the hospital. Most of the people I work for are on Medicaid, most of them are elderly or disabled. There’s a trickle-down effect when a grandmother babysits so a mother can work. There’s security for middle aged people whose parents have health insurance. That’s not even taking into account the lifelong benefits of maternal-child health.
It will take more than this study to convince politicians who believe that tax breaks for the rich are more important than life-saving services for the poor, but it’s good to have the numbers to back up what we see every day.