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Inquiry. 1994-1995 Winter;31(4):425-37.

Health insurance and health status: implications for financing health care reform.

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  • 1RAND, Washington, DC 20037-1270.


Self-reported health status measures from the 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey indicate significant differences among each of five population groups defined by current health insurance coverage. These differences in health status imply that the groups are likely to exhibit different patterns of expenditures, even if enrolled in the same health insurance after health care reform. The healthiest group along most dimensions is the population covered by employer-sponsored insurance, followed in order by the population with nongroup private insurance, the uninsured population, the population that qualifies for public coverage based on income, and the population that qualifies for public coverage based on medical need. While the general health and mental health of the uninsured are slightly worse in comparison to the privately insured, the uninsured have fewer chronic health problems. The uninsured who recently lost private insurance or who live in working families are significantly healthier than the long-term or low-income and nonworking uninsured.

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