Uninsured patients who are treated in the hospital for heart attack, stroke or pneumonia are more likely to die from their conditions, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Researchers studied the discharge data of more than 150,000 adults with those three conditions and compared in-hospital mortality, length of stay and costs per hospitalization for Medicaid, uninsured and privately insured patients.

Among the findings:

  • Compared with privately insured patients, uninsured patients were 5 percent more likely to die in the hospital after a heart attack and 47 percent more likely to die in the hospital after a stroke.
  • Compared with privately insured patients, Medicaid patients were 21 percent more likely to die in the hospital while receiving treatment for pneumonia.
  • For all three conditions, length of stay was significantly longer for Medicaid and uninsured patients.

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