In 2006, the state of Massachusetts introduced health care reform in order to expand health insurance coverage and increase the amount of positive outcomes associated with patients’ health. Prior research has suggested that survival rates improve with patients who undergo traumatic injury. But, recent findings from JAMA Surgery show that just providing insurance incentives may not improve survival rate for these patients.
An article published by Medical News Today indicates that survival after a traumatic injury may be unrelated to one’s insurance background because technically each person who gets na injury has access to emergency care. The article describes a study conducted by Turner Osler, M.D., at the University of Vermont in Colchester, which details the state of over 1.5 million patients hospitalized after traumatic injury in the states of Massachusetts and New York. Massachusetts acts as the state having had health care reform and New York as the state without it. Over the course of 10 years the study examined the results of health reform in Massachusetts. According to Medical News Today:
“The rates of uninsured trauma patients in Massachusetts decreased steadily from 14.9 percent in 2002 to 5 percent in 2011. The authors also found health care reform was associated with a passing increase in the adjusted mortality rate that accounted for as many as 604 excess deaths during four years,” (Survival Rates in Trauma Patients After Massachusetts Health Insurance Reform).
Though these results showed that the Massachusetts health reform did not improve the overall survival rate for trauma patients, there are many arguments that suggest the health reform to be a success. For more information, read Medical News Today’s article here.