Providing Hand Surgery Care to Vulnerably Uninsured Patients

Christina I. Brady, James M. Saucedo

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Abstract

Economically vulnerable US patients are at risk for undertreatment of hand-related conditions as well as poorer outcomes. The cost of indigent care can be substantial to both the patients and their communities. Caring for these patients in a system that depends on inconsistent coverage requires a network of safety-net hospitals. To ensure that patients have access to care, the protection of safety-net hospitals should be prioritized when discussing federal and state funding allocation. On an individual scale, surgeons can also make changes in their practices to help find sustainable ways to care for indigent patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-253
Number of pages9
JournalHand Clinics
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2020

Keywords

  • Affordable Medical Care Act
  • Hand surgery
  • Indigent care
  • Medicaid
  • Poverty
  • Safety-net hospital
  • Social determinants of health
  • Unfunded at-risk patient

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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