More Bad Results for Medicaid

Children in hospitals with relatively high proportions of pediatric discharges that are more reliant on Medicaid reimbursement are more likely than children in other hospitals (odds ratio = 1.62) to experience an adverse event. Medicaid pediatric inpatients are more likely than privately insured patients (odds ratio = 1.10) to experience an adverse event.

Source: Health Services Research.

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  1. Bruce says:

    Not surprised.

  2. Alex says:

    Makes sense. If they are on Medicaid/CHIP then they are likely subject to the adverse health effects of poverty.

  3. Otis says:

    This is important research concerning Medicaid that governors need to be made of before they allow a federal expansion into their state.

  4. Kyle says:

    I wonder if the hospitals receiving higher than average amounts of Medicaid reimbursement tend to have a certain type of patient, such as Alex says, or if quality of care is the issue.

  5. Otis says:

    @Kyle- I’m going with quality of care.

  6. Dayana Osuna says:

    This is not surprising at all. The awful reality is that those who can’t afford to buy health insurance on their own don’t get the same quality of care than those with private insurance.
    As they say, you get what you pay for. Thus, should you expect more for less?

    Sad but true..

    Good post.

  7. Melvin says:

    Medicaid will be unfundable in 20 years time.