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Uninsured get short shrift on hospital stays

from HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report

Folks who aren't covered by private insurance are much more likely to get booted out of the hospital early, a new study finds. Uninsured patients were also more than twice as likely to be transferred to another hospital and 66% more likely to be discharged outright, compared with people with private insurance, the findings showed. Since 1986, federal law has required hospitals to treat anyone who shows up at an emergency room for treatment, regardless of insurance status. But experts have been hearing anecdotes for some time suggesting that hospital patients with no or low-quality insurance tend to get "dumped," either through discharge or transfer to another hospital. more

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