The impact of Health Insurance on health
The presumption that people with health insurance plans, under the Affordable Care Act, will be healthier may be a farce. It often follows the idea that consumers with a particular illness will get the right drugs at their disposal, if they get health insurance plans.
A recent study by Health Affairs, has thrown more light on the salutary effect of health insurance plans on chronic diseases. The study shows that as more (about half) uninsured (non-elderly) get enrolled for health coverage, close to 1.5 million additional new cases of people with chronic disease, will be recorded while about 659, 000 will get their sickness under control. Referencing other studies, like in the aftermath of Massachusetts’s health care reform, mortality rate for ages 20 – 64 dropped (8 fewer deaths per 100, 000 adults) and many residents in another study for the same period, reported better health and preventive care under health insurance plans. These results have added unto the growing debate on the impact of health insurance plans on health, best fitness monitor
An Oregon research for people selected randomly by lottery, for health insurance plans or coverage, showed a major impact on financial health and mental health by Medic pressure and cholesterol level, experienced no significant change.
Another study shows less child and infant mortality, because of Medicaid expansion to pregnant women in the 80’s and 90’s.
We can infer that, health insurance play an important role in improving health, to a degree depending on how the research is conducted or questions asked.
I suppose one of the major motivations for us in doing this study is there’s been so much debate about the Affordable Care Act and relatively little discussion of health, whereas there’s been quite a bit of discussion about financial outcomes.
said Joshua Salomon – a global health professor, at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.
They analyzed the health status of participants, by comparing the health of those with health insurance plans and those don’t have it. The participants were extracted from a National survey between 1999 and 2012. The result showed that the likelihood of being diagnosed and getting the chronic disease under control is higher within the insured (with health insurance plans).
The methods and data application involved in this study, is not very much different from what is already being used in other health research, except insurance, which is not a direct contributing factor to health.
Sharon Long, of the Urban Institute health policy center, said that the large survey numbers, can overestimate the importance of having a health insurance plans. In general, researchers do agree on the benefits of health insurance plans.
A health economics professor from Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Katherine Baicker feels that having health insurance plans are better than not been insured.
What seems much less clear to me is how that option compares to other options. None of these studies say which is better: expanding Medicaid, or vouchers for private insurance.
The ideal question now, should be how to restructure health insurance plans, in other to make people get the best from it, and not how big is the effect of health insurance plans on health. Also, there are growing interest involving health insurance coverage and the best way to improve health like poverty eradication. Poverty is mostly associated with poor health.
In response to this, Sharon Long asks whether if pollution (air and water) are addressed, what do we see? Rather than expanding health insurance plans, can there be new strategies?