Poor Health Insurance Coverage

A survey of 997 persons with insulin-dependent diabetes reports that, overall, 30.7% of the repondents polled had been uninsured at some point after their eighteenth birthday. Males are uninsured more frequently and for longer durations than females. In addition, 22% of all those uninsured reported that they had been denied health insurance, suggesting barriers to health insurance coverage.A study conducted by researchers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, suggests that the availability of HbgA1c data makes a significant difference in clinical decision-making. In a sample of 70 insulin-dependent patients, the availability of HbgA1c data before therapeutic decision-making resulted in a significant changes made in insulin adjustment and treatment regimens.

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