Health insurance doesn't mean you're healthy

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Friday, May 03, 2013

An Oregon study shows that having health insurance doesn't mean you have good health.

People die every day despite great insurance. Others live long healthy lives without any coverage at all. The Amish community located 20 miles south of where I’m sitting includes many members of the second group. Yet the important distinction is usually lost by the time you travel 1,000 miles to Washington.

Insurance and health are often linked and confused, with proponents of universal coverage making the argument that health insurance itself is an important determinant of health because it guarantees access to medical care. Of course, health and medicine are another pair of terms that often get blurred, but that’s a topic for another discussion.

Read more at Forbes.

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