Author
Abstract
<p>Objectives. To guide implementation of the Affordable Care Act 2010 by estimating anticipated increases in medically attended injuries and site of care by the young who are currently uninsured. Methods. The 2008 National Health Interview Survey was used to estimate injury episodes and care site for uninsured and insured youth ≤26 years old. Increases in medically attended injuries were estimated by assuming that rates and care site for the currently uninsured would match those of the currently insured once the uninsured receive coverage. Results. In 2008, approximately 11 938 800 episodes of medically attended injuries occurred for youth ≤26 years. An anticipated 6.1% increase in medically attended injuries (737 081; 95% confidence interval = 564 000-879 000), the majority of which would be seen in the outpatient setting, could occur once all uninsured youth become insured. Conclusions. Injury prevention strategies and additional injury care training for primary care physicians may help ensure appropriate triage and optimal outcomes while containing costs.</p>
Year of Publication
2013
Journal
Clin Pediatr (Phila)
Date Published
2013 Jul 19
ISSN Number
1938-2707
DOI
10.1177/0009922813495956
Alternate Journal
Clin Pediatr (Phila)
Refereed Designation
Unknown
PMID
23872343