Over the last decade, studies of health insurance expansion have shown that expanding coverage can result in large decreases in mortality, particularly among minorities, those living in poorer areas, and those with chronic diseases that can be treated with timely medical care.
Individuals and families with health insurance have more access to healthcare services, which can result in them living longer and healthier lives. These services include vaccines, cancer, diabetes, heart disease screenings, oral health care, and treatment for major health problems such as obesity, drug and alcohol addictions, and mental health disorders.
Academic medicine researchers and practitioners have a role to play in ensuring that vital health policy decisions are made based on robust evidence to best safeguard our patients’ interests. Visit us today for more health information and tips geared at keeping you healthy.