Survival Rates in Massachusetts Trauma Patients

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.

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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).

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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.

Diabetes Expenses

Recently, more and more American children have been diagnosed with diabetes. So, unsurprisingly, healthcare spending for this metabolic disease has risen, and particularly for those with private health insurance. According to an article published by United Press International, “Spending for employer-insured children with diabetes rose 7 percent between 2011 and 2012, and 9.6 percent between 2012 and 2013,” (Hays, Healthcare Spending for Privately Insured Kids with Diabetes Rises).

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Because the amount of children with diabetes has risen so exponentially, the health care spending for these individuals is doing the same in order for doctors and researchers to fully understand the relationship between actual health outcomes for children with diabetes. According to UPI, “Researchers said one of the main reasons for the spending increase is that branded insulin is administered to children with diabetes more frequently than it is for older Americans with the disease,” (Hays, Healthcare Spending for Privately Insured Kids with Diabetes Rises).

The important thing to monitor now is how this increase in spending contributes to what professionals can learn about managing diabetes and ultimately come to some sort of a cost-effective solution, if not a cure. According to the article, patients with diabetes spent an alarming, “$10,000 more each year than those without the disease,” (Hays, Healthcare Spending for Privately Insured Kids with Diabetes Rises).

From more information on the amount of effort and spending associated with patients who have diabetes, please read UPI’s article here.