Study: Patients' Insurance Status Linked to Likelihood of Hospital Transfer
Patients' insurance coverage and gender may influence the likelihood of a hospital transferring them to another acute-care facility, according to a study from the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Researchers set out to examine the relationship between patients' insurance coverage and interhospital transfers. Their study was based on 315,748 patients (ages 18 to 64) discharged from 1,051 acute-care hospitals with any of the following five diagnoses: biliary tract disease, chest pain, pneumonia, septicemia and skin or subcutaneous infection. Patients' insurance coverage — private, Medicare, Medicaid or uninsured — was compared with rates of transfer.
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