Wis. study: Better health coverage can save money

Posted Tuesday, June 4, 2013 --- 10:11 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A new study suggests that the cost of expanding health care coverage could be softened by the money saved from fewer high-cost hospital stays.

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report cites a study led by University of Wisconsin researchers. They analyzed a state insurance program that provided better access to care for low-income adults in Milwaukee County.

They found an increase in visits to clinics and emergency rooms, but far fewer hospitalizations.

UW-Madison public-affairs professor Thomas DeLeire says the study supports the idea that people who are given better access to care can manage their health better.

Benjamin Sommers is a health economist at the Harvard School of Public Health. He says the study suggests that covering vulnerable people can save money in the long run.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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