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Insurance Status a Factor in Trauma Care, Study Says
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Emergency doctors at non-trauma hospitals are less likely to transfer severely injured patients to a designated trauma center if the patients are insured than if they are not insured, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery.

The implication is that insured patients admitted to non-trauma hospitals may be getting “suboptimal” care simply because hospitals want to keep patients whose care would be well reimbursed compared with patients without health insurance coverage.