Medicaid does not improve health

“Medicaid coverage generated no significant improvements in measured physical health outcomes.” That is the conclusion of a 2-year study of 12,000 adults just reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Oh, Medicaid coverage did have some effects: “it did increase use of health care services” and “reduce[d] financial strain” – on the participants that is. It greatly increased financial strain on us poor taxpayers who had to pay the bills. And for what? Measures of physical health showed no significant difference between the adults on Medicaid and those not.

Medicaid is the single largest expense in New Hampshire county budgets. Translated to my town’s property taxes, it costs Sunapee taxpayers roughly a million dollars per year.

Some in New Hampshire suggest that we should expand Medicaid as part of ObamaCare. It would cost us many hundreds of millions of dollars on top of already huge expenses. This report that Medicaid does not improve physical health should quash that idea.

 

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