People with diabetes who don't have health insurance aren't getting enough preventive care, according to a new study. For diabetics, regular preventive care can mean the difference between a normal life and serious health problems like stroke, heart attack and amputation. But it's not happening.
The people in the study were going to the doctor; they had gone to federally funded "safety net" clinics in Oregon at least 3 times from 2005 through 2007. About half of the 3,384 people with diabetes in the study were uninsured, and about half had public insurance like Medicaid.