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July 2015

Trauma Patients: Health Insurance Reform Is Only the Beginning

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
JAMA Surg. 2015;150(7):616. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.2470

With the passing of the Affordable Care Act and the need for policymakers to focus on implementing the individual mandate, the article by Osler et al1 comes at a most needed time. This article adds to the national debate by finding a surprising and interesting result: excessive deaths associated with increased insurance coverage among nonelderly adult trauma patients.

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