People Without Insurance Need More Medicare Services

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By: Linda von Wartburg

A new report in the New England Journal of Medicine has found thatif people are uninsured between the ages of 50 and 65 and if theyhave cardiovascular disease or diabetes, they will require costlierand more intensive services from Medicare than previously insuredpeople.

In essence, the uninsured must play catch-up after they reach 65because they've been forced to neglect their health up to that pointand are, therefore, in worse shape than they would have been ifthey'd had insurance during the preceding years.

The study authors point out that extending healthcare coverage touninsured near-elderly adults may not only improve their health, butalso reduce the subsequent burden on Medicare.

Source: New England Journal of Medicine, July 2007

Editor's Note: We need healthcare for all!

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