New Harvard Study links 45,000 U.S. deaths to lack of insurance

Researchers in a new Harvard estimated that nearly 45,000 people die in the United States each year, nearly one every 12 minute due to lack of health care insurance. American adults age 64 and younger who lack health insurance have a 40 percent higher risk of death than those who have coverage.

An similar study in 1993 found those without insurance had a 25 percent greater risk of death, according to the Harvard group. The Institute of Medicine later used that data in its 2002 estimate showing about 18,000 people a year died because they lacked coverage.Part of the increased risk now is due to the growing ranks of the uninsured, researcher Himmelstein said.  Roughly 46.3 million people in the United States lacked coverage.

The Harvard study’s six researchers closely followed the methodology used in the 1993 study conducted by researchers in the federal government as well as the University of Rochester in New York.

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