Uninsured Patients in Pennsylvania ICUs Die at Higher Rates than Insured Patients

Last a week the results of a study were released about the different survival rates for insured and uninsured patients in Pennsylvania intensive care units.   According to a doctor from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, adults without health insurance who are admitted to a Pennsylvania hospital have a 21 percent higher risk of dying than adult patients with government or private health insurance.

The study found that patients without insurance are less likely to receive the same procedures and tests while in the intensive care unit (ICU) as patients with similar conditions who happen to have insurance and that, as a result, a significantly higher percentage of uninsured patients die.

Hospitals and doctors have a responsibility to exercise reasonable care for all patients – including the uninsured – and the families of uninsured patients who have lost a loved one due to medical negligence may have standing to sue and the right to recover damages.