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Author's School

Brown School of Social Work

Date Submitted

Fall 12-12-2014



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In 2010, approximately 333,000 individuals, or 25% of the St. Louis population, were uninsured or underinsured. Uninsured individuals are twice as likely to report difficulties accessing care than those with private insurance. Nationally, African American patients visit the emergency room (ER) for preventable hospitalizations, for chronic conditions like diabetes, more often than White patients. African Americans are hospitalized an average of 12 years earlier than Whites for diabetes-related preventable hospitalizations. Individuals who have access to and utilize primary care are more likely to avoid hospitalizations or non-emergent ER visits for treatable and preventable conditions. Access to primary care has also shown a reduction in health disparities across race and SES. This poster demonstrates that geographic distributions consistently suggest that African Americans and uninsured/underinsured individuals in St. Louis City and County have higher rates of ER utilization.


Social Work


St. Louis, MO

The Impact of Race and Insurance Status on Emergency Room Utilization
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