Report: 460 Hoosiers Die Each Year Due to Lack of Health Coverage

By Peter Ambrose

Report: 460 Hoosiers Die Each Year Due to Lack of Health Coverage

June 18, 2010 Updated Apr 7, 2008 at 6:02 AM EDT

UNDATED (AP) - A new report estimates that nine Indiana residents die each week from illnesses that turned fatal because their lack of health insurance limited their access to medical care.

In the report, the advocacy group Families USA estimates 460 Hoosiers ages 25 to 64 died in 2006 due to lack of health insurance.

The nonprofit Washington, D.C.-based group, which advocates for
health care access, says people without health insurance are more
likely to delay seeking care because of the high bills.

That means diseases such as cancer are diagnosed at a later, more deadly stage.

Ron Pollack is executive director of Families USA. He says uninsured people are more likely to forgo checkups, screenings and
other preventative care. As a result, their diagnoses of cancer and
other diseases come at an advanced stage, reducing their chance of
survival.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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