-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Oct. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Americans with frequent
bouts of mental distress are more likely to lack health insurance
than those with frequent physical distress, a new study says.
Researchers examined national data collected from 1993 through
2009 and found that 22.6 percent of people with frequent mental
distress (indicative of mental illness) were uninsured, compared
with 17.7 percent of those with frequent physical distress
(indicative of chronic disease). About 16.6 percent of people with
neither mental or physical distress were uninsured.
People with only frequent mental distress and those with both
frequent mental and physical distress were equally likely to not
have insurance, which suggests that mental distress was the main
factor, according to the researchers.
The study appears in the October issue of the journal
Compared to adults with insurance, those who are uninsured have
less access to recommended care, receive poorer quality care, and
have worse health outcomes, the researchers noted in an American
Psychiatric Association news release.
The purpose of their study was to establish baseline data that
can be used to assess the impact of the Affordable Care Act, which
is scheduled to be fully implemented in January 2014 and will
provide insurance coverage to millions of previously uninsured
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