Institute of Medicine Produces Reports and Book Outlining the Effects of Uninsurance on Individuals and the Nation

Surveying the consequences of uninsurance

Between 2000 and 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, studied how the lack of health insurance affects individuals, families, communities and the nation and produced and disseminated six reports analyzing these consequences.

Key Results

  • The IOM produced six reports analyzing how the lack of insurance coverage affects communities and the nation as well as uninsured individuals and their families.

  • The IOM and the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information disseminated thousands of copies of the reports; posted the complete text of each on the Web and produced various written and electronic materials designed to draw attention to the findings.

  • While there was no formal effort to measure the reports' impact, project co-directors said the anecdotal evidence indicated a positive effect on public views of the coverage issue.