This number represents a substantial increase over a study conducted just seven years ago. The thought is that uninsured people are not able to receive care for chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and depression and consequently are far more likely to succumb to these disease processes than those who can benefit from regular monitoring, treatment and medication.
It is against this backdrop that the national health care debate is taking place with more than 46 million Americans uninsured. The study concludes that these uninsured are at a 40% greater risk of death than their insured counterparts.
Bolstering these conclusions are findings discussed previously on this website (see http://www.maryland-law.com/blog/universal-health-care-medical-malpractice-and-wrongful-death-the-first-reduces-the-others.cfm )
Additionally, it is thought that the incidence of wrongful death in medical malpractice actions would be substantially reduced by insuring the population overall, as fewer patients would present to doctors and hospitals with untreated conditions.