Report: 2 deaths per day among Michigan's uninsured

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A new report from a health care advocacy group estimates that nearly two people in Michigan die every day because they don't have health insurance.

Families USA estimated Thursday that about 650 people in Michigan between the ages of 25 and 64 died in 2006 because they lacked health insurance.

The report was based on an earlier study by the Institute of Medicine which estimated that uninsured adults are 25 percent more likely to die prematurely than adults with private health insurance.

More than 1.1 million people in Michigan have no health insurance.

Senator Debbie Stabenow says the report should serve as a "wake-up call" on the need for universal health care coverage in the United States.

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