Tens of Thousands of Uninsured Die Annually

March 28, 2008

In just 17 of the 50 states, 51,400 adults aged 25-64 died between 2000 and 2006 because they did not have health insurance.

This information comes from estimates prepared by Families USA using state-level data. Reports about AR, CO, FL, IA, MI, MN, MO, NV, NH, NM, OH, OR, PA, VA, WA, WI, and WV have been released so far. Each report includes details about how many adults aged 25-64 don’t have health insurance and approximately how many have died for that reason. For example, Florida’s deathtoll was 2,400 in 2006 alone.

These reports follows a study released by the Urban Institute in January that estimates that over 22,000 uninsured of the same age group died across the country in 2006.

These reports are another wake-up call. Health care is a basic right which everyone is entitled to. Yet tens of thousands of people are dying every year because they have been deprived of this elementary right. This as a disgrace and it is all the more outrageous considering that our country has an abundance of the resources needed to guarantee this right. The solution is to take the profit motive out of health care and create a nationwide system, funded by the government, which provides universal, comprehensive and free health care.