August 20, 2015

Here’s a starling fact. The death rate for surgery patients covered by Medicaid is higher than for surgery patients who have no insurance.

From the American Spectator-”Five years ago, Avik Roy wrote about a study that should terrify any Medicaid patient needing surgery. “A landmark study conducted at the University of Virginia … found that surgical patients on Medicaid are 13 percent more likely to die than those without insurance of any kind.” (Spectator)

Perhaps higher Medicaid death rates are related to low Medicaid reimbursements leading doctors to avoid taking Medicaid patients,  limiting patient choice of physicians . The Heritage Foundation says “Due in part to… the low reimbursement levels, many physicians—general and specialist—refuse to accept Medicaid patients.”

The Senate’s Medicaid reform raises physician reimbursements by cutting the CCNC bureaucracy. Maybe getting more doctors into Medicaid will improve healthcare outcomes.