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Too bad for the insurance industry that phrase was coined by The Residents, because the evidence shows if they adopted it, it could be truth in advertising (via sphere via Angry Bear):

It's federal law: All seriously injured emergency and trauma patients must be given equal lifesaving care, whether or not they can pay for it. But that's not happening, according to a new report. The study, conducted by Children's Hospital Boston research fellow Dr. Heather Rosen and colleagues from three other hospitals, found that uninsured trauma victims ages 18 to 30 are dying at an annual rate 89 percent higher than insured victims with identically severe injuries.

So git yer insurance and cut yer risk of dying in half! Buy or Die, literally! Or maybe the point is you only think you have emergency health care. So as long as we are throwing people under the bus, why not uninsured 18-30 year olds?

There always must be a caveat, so here:

Rosen cautions that the definitive cause for the higher death rate for uninsured people remains to be determined. Still, the hard number -- the nearly 90 percent jump in mortality rates for uninsured accident victims -- speaks loudly on its own. "Although the lack of insurance may not be the only explanation," she says, "the accidental costs of being uninsured in the United States today may be too high to continue to overlook."

Well, that's comforting.

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Submitted by TonyRz on

1987. I got bonked on the noggin with a beer bottle by a stranger in the subway who (fortunately) didn't take my wallet. Anyway, the cut continued on down to the neck. Blood all over my nice new blue shirt. I had insurance, got to the ER, gave them the info, but apparently they did something wrong and needed it AGAIN after I was inside and lying on a stretcher, but before any doc could attend to me.

Yes, the doc stood there with his arms folded, standing right next to me, waiting for the urchin to finish the insurance paperwork. I just turned over my wallet at this point. It's in there - anything they could possibly need (again) to get movin'. Nope. They won't actually do something as uncivilized as go through your wallet. Okay, I'll get my card out and continue applying pressure to my neck. Awesome. Sure.

The urchin finished his duties, gave an oh-so-civilized nod to the doc, and work promptly began.

Their incompetence and indifference all around was stunning, but to this day, the primary takeaway I have is, "What if that jerk with the bottle had taken my goddamn wallet?"

And while it was long enough ago that I'm sure the hospital name makes no difference today, I don't care. It was Jefferson in Philly.

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Submitted by okanogen on

if that delay increases mortality for both insured and uninsured due to the delay of determining where to send the bill before deciding to treat someone.

There must be studies of similar age group emergency care patients in other countries?