The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has allotted $3.7 million to determine the health and economic consequences of not having access to healthcare.
Nearly one in six American do not have healthcare. Doctors say these 43 million people often seek medical assistance in emergency rooms where services are the most expensive. They also rarely get screening tests, leaving dangerous conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer undiagnosed for years.
The Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, will be in charge of the study and will determine whether further research is necessary.
The Robert Wood Johnson foundation has been a national philanthropy since 1972.
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