June 19, 2001
Lack of Health Insurance Linked to Other Social
There are nearly 200,000 people in the
Sacramento Region without health insurance, an estimate based
on survey data released this week by the Institute for Social
Research at California State University, Sacramento. The survey
found approximately 14.3 percent of households in the four-county
region had one or more uninsured occupants.
That rate translates into an estimated 191,600 uninsured people
across Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, and Yolo counties, based
on current U.S. Census Bureau population counts.
The proportion of Hispanics without health insurance (20 percent)
is more than twice the rate for non-Hispanics (9.5 percent).
Young adult men between ages 18-30 are also more likely to
be uninsured, with 19.8 percent reporting they do not have
health insurance. Among women in that age bracket, 17.1 percent
are without health insurance. However, only 4.5 percent of
all children under age 18 are uninsured.
The lack of health insurance appears to have serious consequences
for the uninsured beyond its impact on their physical health.
The study, using World Health Organization measure for the
quality of life, shows Sacramento Region uninsured have:
higher depression scores;
lower physical quality of life scores;
lower psychological quality of life scores;
lower social quality of life scores;
lower environmental quality of life measures.
As might be expected, the uninsured are also less satisfied
with their health and access to health services.
Other study findings show: Among racial groups, Native American
households had the highest proportion of uninsured (15.0),
while Asian American households had the lowest rate (4.2).
Coverage also varies by county. The highest rate of
coverage is for households in Placer County (92 percent) and
lowest in Sacramento County (83.9 percent).
Approximately 63 percent of those with health insurance
said an employer or union provides their coverage.
About 16 percent of those without health insurance
say they go to hospital emergency rooms when they need health
care or treatment.
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