New results from a landmark study, released on Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, go a long way toward answering those questions. The study, called the Oregon Health Study, compares thousands of low-income people in Oregon who received access to Medicaid with an identical population that did not.
It found that those who gained Medicaid coverage spent more on health care, making more visits to doctors and trips to the hospital. But the study suggests that Medicaid coverage did not make those adults much healthier, at least within the two-year time frame of the research, judging by their blood pressure, blood sugar and other measures. It did, however, substantially reduce the incidence of depression, and it made them vastly more financially secure.
Via Marginal Revolution
In summary, a study of Medicaid recipients found that socialized medicine resulted in people using more socialized medicine without getting any healthier.
I could have told them this and I wouldn't even need a federal grant. Health care is for sick people. Wellness means eat a balanced diet, exercise, don’t smoke and drink in moderation if at all. Obamacare will be a money pit that does nothing to improve public health.