A recent study estimates that 2,266 veterans died in 2008 due to a lack of health insurance.

Washington, D.C. (WiredPRNews.com) – A new study proposes that a number of deaths of U.S. veterans last year can be attributed to a lack of health insurance. As reported by AFP, 2,266 veterans are estimated to have died as a result of having no health insurance in 2008, according to the study.

David Himmelstein, with the Harvard Medical School who co-founded Physicians for a National Health Program and co-authored the study, is quoted by AFP as stating of the findings, “The uninsured have about a 40 percent higher risk of dying each year than otherwise comparable insured individuals… Putting that all together you get an estimate of almost 2,300 — 2,266 veterans who die each year from lack of health insurance.”

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