BTW, it seems worth reporting this, here:
Medicaid outcomes no better than no coverage at all W June 28 2017
"Avik Roy explained this perverse result in Forbes back in 2013.
. ‘Piles of studies have shown that people on Medicaid have health outcomes that are
no better, and often worse, than those with no insurance at all. …’ "
And the original article(s),
Why Medicaid is a Humanitarian Catastrophe
"The study evaluated 893,658 major surgical operations from around the country from 2003 to 2007, and normalized the results for age, gender, income, geographic region, operation, and 30 background diseases.
Despite all of these adjustments, surgical patients on Medicaid were nearly twice as likely to die before leaving the hospital than those with private insurance.
Patients on Medicare were 45% more likely to die than those with private insurance; the uninsured were 74% more likely; and Medicaid patients 93% more likely. That is to say, despite the fact that we will soon spend more than $500 billion a year on Medicaid, Medicaid beneficiaries, on average, fared worse than those with no insurance at all."
Avik Roy spends quite a length of the article discussing the criticism others have heaped on his earlier article. To me it reads as fair to the criticizers.
– And another Avik Roy article, 5-2-2013
Oregon Study: Medicaid ‘Had No Significant Effect’ On Health Outcomes vs. Being Uninsured