Insurance affects treatment, outcomes in heart failure care

09/21/2011 | HealthDay News

Heart failure patients on Medicare or Medicaid, or those without insurance, were less likely to get essential treatments and had longer hospital stays than those with private health plans, University of Chicago researchers reported. The study, to be published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, included almost 100,000 patients in 244 hospitals and found Medicaid patients with heart failure also had a 22% higher risk of death.

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