Shorter Hospital Stays for Uninsured Patients Compared to Insured
From 2003 to 2008 uninsured hospitalizations for skin infections increased by 55% while hospital stays for gallbladder disease posted a 43% increase and diabetes complications increased by 40%. Uninsured alcohol-related hospitalizations, which posted a significant 18% decline from 1998 to 2003, increased by 35% from 2003 to 2008.
Davis noted that in general the severity of illness was lower for uninsured versus insured hospitalizations. For example, the uninsured had fewer chronic conditions per patient (2.5 vs. 3.5).
Geographically, a larger share of hospital stays in the South were uninsured (7.6 percent) compared to 4.9 percent in the Midwest, 3.6 percent in the West and 3.2 percent in the Northeast, the data showed.
Uninsured hospitalizations accounted for 8.3 percent of stays in public hospitals but only 4.7% of stays in private, nonprofit hospitals.
Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.
- 'Kafkaesque' Value System Unfairly Penalizes Doctor Pay
- Proton Beam Therapy Poised for Growth in US
- mHealth Tackles Readmissions
- CNO Leads $1M Charge for New Scrubs, Uniforms
- Some Cancer Hospitals' Quality Data Will Soon Be Public
- 4 Crucial Tactics for Reining in Healthcare Cost
- Targeting Self-Insured Populations
- MA an Insurance Proving Ground for Providers
- How Digital Strategy Shapes Patient Engagement at Boston Children's Hospital
- How, and Why, to Recruit Male Nurses