Post-MI patients with financial barriers have poorer outcomes

April 2, 2007

Financial barriers to health care represent a common and potent risk factor for patients who have had acute myocardial infarctions.

Financial barriers to health care represent a common and potent risk factor for patients who have had acute myocardial infarctions. According to a study published in the March 14 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, post-MI patients who had health insurance reported avoiding healthcare services. According to the study data, these financial barriers are associated with poorer health status overall, more angina, poorer quality of life, and an increased risk of rehospitalization. The study concluded that there is a need to develop approaches that will mitigate the increased risk and address this barrier to care and medications.

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