Thursday, February 01, 2007

Abused women have higher health care costs and more health care visits

A new study shows that women who experience spouse or partner abuse have much higher health care costs and utilize more health care services than women who have no history of such violence. Years after abuse stops, these women continue to use the health care system more and to incur higher costs.

(Continue reading at MoJo Blog)

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And this is on top of all the costs we have in relocating, changing our names, changing jobs, using whatever mechanisms we have available to make ourselves harder to find, and so on. Also, who knew that it could be such a challenge to just get one's friends and families to stop handing out information? What part of "he put a gun to my head" gives people the impression that it's all so romantic that this person still pines for me years later?

Is the next step for health insurance companies to require women to disclose if they have ever been the target of a violent man, and to punish them with higher premiums or decline coverage if the answer is yes? Looks like this study is really only concerned with the bottom lines of health insurance providers. Boohoo.

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