A recent study has shown that people who are uninsured are more likely to require urgent procedures.
The results of a new insurance news study have revealed that whether or not someone has coverage is linked to that person’s risk of having to undergo emergency aorta surgery, and that health insurance coverage is also tied to how well those people will actually do after they have received the operation.
People who were uninsured had a notably larger risk of having to have urgent surgery on the aorta.
The health insurance survey showed that people who had private coverage were less likely than people who were uninsured to need this type of procedure on this vital part of the heart – the largest artery supplying blood to the rest of the body. Moreover, people who did not have a health plan also had a greater likelihood of complications after the operation, or even death.
Put simply, people without health insurance have a greater risk of a disaster in heart disease.
According to the senior author of the study, Dr. Chad Hughes, from Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, “It would appear that if you don’t have insurance – and assuming you’re not getting preventive healthcare . . . then you are probably at a higher risk of having an aortic catastrophe and, if you have one, you’re more likely to die or have a complication.”
In the United States, conditions that have an impact on the aorta, such as a break or a bulge in the artery’s walls, cause between 30,000 and 60,000 deaths every year. This, according to the study which was published in the Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes journal.
The authors also pointed out that under 5 percent of all patients having a scheduled surgery for repairing a diseased part of the aorta will die from the procedure or complications that follow. On the other hand, when the surgery is conducted during an emergency, such as a break or rupture of the aorta, that death rate skyrockets to a terrifying 50 percent.
Overall, the research showed that people with health insurance were more likely to have scheduled procedures than those who were uninsured, decreasing the rate of emergency surgeries.