Long-term US uninsured "are a greater cost" on becoming Medicare-eligible
This article was originally published in Clinica
45 million US residents had no healthcare insurance in 2005, but how much the Medicare system "saves" because of this is not easy to quantify. For when a chronically ill individual - previously uninsured - becomes eligible for Medicare, the treatment costs (hospitalisations and GPs' consultations, etc) are more than for those who were previously insured.
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