||Hospital Stays For Childbirth And Mental Disorders Are Often Uninsured
Childbirth The Number One Uninsured Visit
Three mental conditionsalcohol-related mental disorders, depression, and substance-related mental disordersaccount for about 135,000 hospital stays a year that are not covered by either private insurance or public insurance programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid.
These three conditions together are second only to childbirth in the number of stays in U. S. hospitals that are uninsured.
- Five percent of all hospitalizations for childbirthroughly 191,000 hospital stays annuallyare uninsured.
- Nearly 23 percent of all stays for substance-related mental disorders are uninsured, as are about 19 percent of alcohol-related mental disorders, and roughly 8 percent of stays for treatment of depression.
- Asthma and diabetes mellitus together account for 65,000 uninsured hospital admissions each year. These two chronic diseases, if appropriately treated in primary care practices, do not ordinarily result in hospitalization.
| Principal Diagnoses
|| Number of Discharges
Percent of All Hospital
Stays for Condition
that Are Uninsured
|1. Infants born in
|4. Depression (affective
|6. Hardening of the arteries of the heart (coronary atherosclerosis)
|7. Nonspecific chest
|9. Diabetes mellitus with complications
|10. Trauma to perineum due to childbirth
The public can obtain other statistical information on hospital care nationwide and from selected States by visiting HCUPnet (http://www.ahrq.gov/data/hcup/hcupnet.htm) and following the instructional prompts.
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