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    The effect of insurance status on healthcare utilization and outcomes for patients with Crohn’s disease by Zhang, Rebecca

    Differences in Crohn’s disease-related outcomes and medical expenditures were analyzed by insurance status, using the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). Results from the analysis suggested that although total and acute care expenditures for publicly insured Crohn’s disease patients were disproportionately high compared to their privately insured and uninsured counterparts, privately insured patients experienced the best disease outcomes and healthcare quality. These findings led to the conclusion that in order to improve the outcomes and reduce the economic burden of Crohn’s disease, publicly insured and uninsured patients should be granted universal access to healthcare – specifically non-acute doctors and services.