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Oregon Medicaid Study A Portent Of Nationwide Reform?

05/06/13

  04:54:31 pm, by MedBen5   , 210 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Oregon Medicaid Study A Portent Of Nationwide Reform?

Avik Roy on an Oregon study to determine whether people on Medicaid have better health outcomes than those with no insurance at all, and how the finding impact nationwide health care reform:

“Piles of studies have shown that people on Medicaid have health outcomes that are no better, and often worse, than those with no insurance at all. But supporters of Obamacare were cheered in 2011 when a lone study, out of Oregon, purported to show that Medicaid was better than being uninsured. Yesterday, however, the authors of the Oregon study published their updated, two-year results, finding that Medicaid ‘generated no significant improvement in measured physical health outcomes.’ The result calls into question the $450 billion a year we spend on Medicaid, and the fact that Obamacare throws 11 million more Americans into this broken program. […]

“I want to make clear that I’m not opposed to spending that sum of money on health care for the poor. What I’m opposed to is
wasting that sum of money on health care for the poor. There are so many market-based alternatives to Medicaid, alternatives that would offer uninsured, low-income Americans the opportunity to see the doctor of their choice, and gain access to high-quality, private-sector health care.”

Read more at Forbes.com.

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