“When patients don’t have health insurance, they tend to delay care or testing until diseases are more advanced, which could lead to complications, necessitate more serious treatments and result in worse health outcomes.
Next year, about 14 million more Americans could be uninsured if the House-passed version of health care becomes law, according to the Congressional Budget Office analysis, a more pressing issue than the estimated 23 million expected to be affected by 2026.
Should the law go into effect, lack of coverage will mean fewer people will have the resources to prevent conditions, effectively treat diseases or manage chronic illnesses before a crisis develops. Here are just a few ways that experts see reduced coverage affecting patients next year.”
- Patients delay care and develop progressive diseases
- Life will be harder for people with chronic diseases
- Hospitals and doctors will be under increasing financial strain
- Unplanned pregnancy will rise
- The opioid epidemic will worsen
- We’ll lose the progress we’ve made against sepsis
- The rise of unpredictable pre-existing conditions
Source: HuffingtonPost.com – May 30, 2017