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Associations of medical debt with health status, premature death, and mortality in the US

JAMA Network Open

2024-03-04
(Press-News.org) About The Study: The findings of this study of 2,943 counties suggest that medical debt is associated with worse health status, more premature deaths, and higher mortality rates at the county level in the U.S. Therefore, policies increasing access to affordable health care, such as expanding health insurance coverage, may improve population health. 

Authors: Xuesong Han, Ph.D., of the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, is the corresponding author. 

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(doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.54766)

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[Press-News.org] Associations of medical debt with health status, premature death, and mortality in the US
JAMA Network Open