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  •  Do you have a link to that study? (2+ / 0-)
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    it would be helpful.

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    by JamieG from Md on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 10:52:03 AM PDT

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    •  I think this is it (5+ / 0-)
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      Does Medicare Save Lives?
      David Card, Carlos Dobkin and Nicole Maestas*
       June 2008

      The health insurance characteristics of the population changes sharply at age 65 as most people become eligible for Medicare. But do these changes matter for health? We address this question using data on over 400,000 hospital admissions for people who are admitted through the emergency department for “non-deferrable” conditions—diagnoses with the same daily admission rates on weekends and weekdays. Among this subset of patients there is no discernable rise in the number of admissions at age 65, suggesting that the severity of illness is similar for patients on either side of the Medicare threshold. The insurance characteristics of the two groups are very different, however, with a large jump at 65 in the fraction who have Medicare as their primary insurer, and a reduction in the fraction with no coverage. These changes are associated with small but statistically significant increases in hospital list charges and in the number of procedures performed in hospital. We estimate a nearly 1 percentage point drop in 7-day mortality for patients at age 65, implying that Medicare eligibility reduces the death rate of this severely ill patient group by 20 percent. The mortality gap persists for at least nine months following the initial hospital admission.

      I recall there may be another study, because I recall a finding that the lower mortality rate is apparent even when you drop the 64 year olds who had no health insurance.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 02:56:38 PM PDT

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