September 30, 2022

Why does Arizona still have so many without health insurance?

Despite Arizona’s strong economic growth, we rank among the worst states for the number of adults and children with health insurance.

The statistics don’t demonstrate the adverse effects of going without health coverage. Uninsured people are more likely to forgo necessary medical services, are at higher risk for preventable hospitalizations, less likely to receive follow-up care and experience significantly higher mortality rates than the insured.

But it’s not just the individuals without insurance who are affected. Many of them end up in the ER for concerns that could be addressed by a family doctor, draining valuable resources from hospitals already overwhelmed by staff shortages and supply chain problems.

Everyone’s care suffers as a result and these costs ultimately get passed to others through higher premiums and higher taxes.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2021/12/02/why-does-arizona-still-have-so-many-without-health-insurance/8727511002/