Some good comments on Medicaid outcomes studies

Just in case folks don’t read comments, here are some good ones by steve and another by Jay related to my recent posts about Medicaid coverage, outcomes, and policy implications. In particular steve asks some great questions:

I would bet almost anything that they do not look at all of the social factors that would contribute to worse outcomes for a Medicaid population. Docs dont generally look for those. If you are uninsured, how long have you been uninsured? Are you working if you are uninsured? What is the functional capability of someone on Medicaid not working vs someone uninsured who is working? Which group is more likely to have communication problems? Which group is more likely to give a better history? Which group is more likely to get family support? Which group is staff more likely to dislike?

I look forward to some answers.

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