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March 6, 2003

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Communities with high rates of uninsurance are more likely to reduce hospital services, divert public resources away from disease prevention and surveillance programs, and reallocate tax dollars so that they can pay for uncompensated medical care, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The presence of large numbers of uninsured people can result in reduced access to emergency care, specialty services, and hospital care across the community -- even for those who have health coverage.

Arthur L. Kellermann, M.D., M.P.H., Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine and Co-Chair, Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance.