Buy or Die!
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.