The North Carolina Justice Center is highlighting a new national report, “Dying for Coverage,” which indicates that lack of health insurance is, indeed, killing people around the country and here in North Carolinia.
Rob Schofield, writing for the center’s NC Policy Watch project, says the report, released last week by the national health-care advocacy group Families USA, looked at health outcomes across the country for the 47 million Americans without health insurance. In North Carolina, it was found that 21.1 percent of residents between ages 25 and 64 are uninsured. The study attributes the deaths of an estimated 5,600 such adults between 2000 and 2006 to lack of health-care insurance. Across the United States, deaths similarly attributed reached twice the number of deaths from homicide in 2006.
The health effects of being uninsured, according to Families USA, include going without medical screenings and preventive care, delaying or forgoing needed medical care, experiencing more severe illnesses and dying earlier than the population of people with health insurance.
— Nelda Holder, associate editor