Universal Health Care Could Have Saved More Than 330,000 U.S. Lives during COVIDThe numbers of lives lost and dollars spent would have been significantly lower if coverage had been extended to everyone, a new study says
A new study quantifies the severity of the impact of the pandemic on Americans who did not have access to health insurance. According to findings published on Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, from the pandemic’s beginning until mid-March 2022, universal health care could have saved more than 338,000 lives from COVID-19 alone. The U.S. also could have saved $105.6 billion in health care costs associated with hospitalizations from the disease—on top of the estimated $438 billion that could be saved in a nonpandemic year.
The numbers of lives lost and dollars spent would have been significantly lower if coverage had been extended to everyone, a new study says
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