Health care for the uninsured in Duluth.

Barbara A Elliott, C. Renier, L. Vecchi, T. C. Clark

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Abstract

Providing health care for Minnesota's uninsured population continues to be both a clinical and political challenge. Between October 1, 1991, and September 30, 1993, 1,260 previously uninsured people received charity health care in Duluth. No one was excluded because of pre-existing conditions. Their utilization of services and associated costs can help project the health care needs and costs of care for uninsured Minnesotans. This group of uninsured people used a different mix of health care services compared with insured Minnesotans, and their total costs (including prescriptions) were about 15% greater. A large proportion of these uninsured Minnesotans had chronic health conditions and a "pent-up need" for services and medications. This experience demonstrated that it is possible to administer a limited benefits plan in coordination with existing public and private resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-29
Number of pages5
JournalMinnesota Medicine
Volume78
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1995

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