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May 21, 2002

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Americans without health insurance are more likely to have poorer health and die prematurely than those with insurance, says a new report from the National Academies' Institute of Medicine. Uninsured patients with colon or breast cancer face up to a 50 percent greater chance of dying than patients with private coverage. Uninsured victims of trauma also are more likely to die from their injuries. Being uninsured for even a year appears to diminish a person's general health.

Mary Sue Coleman, President, University of Iowa and Iowa Health System and Co-chair, Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance.