Thursday, May 14, 2009

It’s just a question of extra deaths

If the governor gets his way, there will be extra deaths in Minnesota because 113,000 people will lose access to MinnesotaCare. Spot has asked his legislators if the governor has said what the estimates of excess mortality are, but has gotten no response.

According to studies, this is what we’re looking at nationally on an annual basis:

Studies estimate that the number of excess deaths among uninsured adults age 25-64 is in the range of 18,000 a year. This mortality figure is more than the number of deaths from diabetes (17,500) within the same age group.

We may own a little bigger piece of that number very soon.

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