Medicaid patients with cardiac trouble less likely to get recommended levels of care

According to a new study, Medicaid patients are less likely to receive the recommended quality of cardiac care than those with HMOs and private health insurance. Medicaid patients were less likely to receive short term medications and to undergo invasive cardiac procedures. They also had higher in-hospital mortality rates and were less likely to receive recommended discharge care. Differences were fewer and smaller for Medicare patients. It is disheartening to see that the insurance status affects quality of are and clinic outcomes for cardiac patients under age 65.

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