Study: Heart failure patients on Medicaid, Medicare receive insufficient treatment

Posted on: Friday, September 23, 2011

According to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, heart failure patients who are uninsured or who rely on Medicare or Medicaid have worse care than patients with private plans.

Based on analysis of more than 99,500 heart failure patients, uninsured patients were less likely to receive essential drugs that help treat the condition, such as beta-blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme exhibitors.

In addition, Medicaid or Medicare recipients were 22 percent more likely to die from heart failure compared to those who were privately insured.

"Our study adds significant insight demonstrating that insurance status is significantly associated with the use of guideline-recommended heart-failure therapies and in-hospital clinical outcomes in a very large contemporary cohort of patients," the authors write.

In an interview with cardiovascular news website, Tufts Medical Center Dr. Marvian Konstam said insufficient care is bound to happen because health insurance plans have different levels of coverage.

This study may help insurance leads understand why supplemental health insurance may be something worth considering.

Posted In: Insurance News, Health Insurance

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