Medicaid Recipients Most Likely to Suffer from Preventable Illnesses

A survey conducted by The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index shows that those who rely primarily on Medicaid are far more likely to have preventable chronic illnesses than those who receive insurance from their employer, union, as part of a military or veteran's benefit package, and those who are uninsured. More than 1 in 3 recipients of Medicaid are obese compared to 27% of those who receive insurance from their employer or union. Those on Medicaid are also three times more likely to suffer from depression than those who receive their primary insurance from their union or employer, with 22% of the former suffering from depression compared to only 7% of the latter. Also concerning is the fact that 16% of Medicaid recipients suffer from asthma, compared to only 6% of those who receive insurance from an employer or union.
       Although these numbers are certainly cause for concern, it should be noted that recipients of Medicaid are usually living in poverty or are disabled, hence why they receive Medicaid. As Gallup notes, there is a strong correlation between poverty and suffering from poor health. Thus, these findings do not necessarily indicate that those on Medicaid are receiving poor quality care, but perhaps they are simply more likely to suffer from these conditions as a result of their poor socioeconomic status.
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