Fries Taylor, Cunningham, & McKenzie (2006) highlight the approaches of individual communities to caring for uninsured persons
. Data obtained from the Community Tracking Study was analyzed.
Table 4 presents estimates for the sample of uninsured persons
. As noted previously, the uninsured are less healthy than the insured, and this can be verified by comparing rates of hospitalization in Table 4 to those in Table 3.
This will help reduce the possibility that a gap in coverage will occur as a separated employee seeks new insurance and will help control the number of uninsured persons
in the population.
. Reforms may target a specific group (e.g., small
Controlling healthcare costs would stimulate many additional employers to provide health plans and reduce the number of uninsured persons
. America currently spends more on healthcare than any other country in the world.
A high or rising uninsured rate within a community may result in allocation of public funds and staff resources away from public health programs that serve all members of the community and toward direct services delivery urgently needed by low income uninsured persons
. The redeployment of public health agency resources away from population health activities to provide personal health care services to uninsured residents, along with the general underutilization of and limited access to care by uninsured members of the community can fuel the spread of disease and undermine communicable disease control efforts, prevention activities, such as immunizations programs.
The rising rates of uninsured persons
can be seen in soaring emergency room statistics.
They show that it is inappropriate to evaluate alternative credit designs primarily on their effect on the number of uninsured persons
. Credits claimed by people who were already insured can have very beneficial equity and efficiency effects.
All of the grant applications targeted access to health care to uninsured persons
. Because racial and ethnic minorities in most communities are more likely than non-minorities to be uninsured, CAP grants support the Federal Government's goal--as stated in the Healthy People 2010 document released by the Secretary last January--to eliminate disparities in health status among all groups by 2010.
Hyatt: You also speak of Medicaid payments that don't even cover the cost of nursing home care, hospital care or home care - you called it the "ultimate in Medicaid fraud." Could you explain this and how providers are or will be losing their shirts because of the increasing numbers of uninsured persons
"The drive for profit is compromising the quality of care, the number of uninsured persons
is increasing, those with insurance are increasingly dissatisfied, bureaucracy is proliferating, and costs are again rapidly escalating.
Barriers to adequate health care is the subject of Chapter 3, which focuses in detail on delivery of health services, their costs, insured and uninsured persons
, "safety nets," prenatal care, information and access impediments, and related subjects.