The New York Times, May 8, 2013
A study comparing low-income people in Oregon who received access to Medicaid over the past two years with those who did not, found that those on Medicaid visited doctors and hospitals more often, suffered less from depression and were more financially secure. That said, the Medicaid recipients saw little average improvement in blood pressure, blood sugar and other measures. Some have said the study demonstrates that by focusing on routine care, such health insurance provides meager results at great cost. Should health insurance, particularly government programs, provide only catastrophic coverage?