Married Gays Healthier?
December 20, 2011 by staff
Married Gays Healthier?, According to a study published last week in the American Journal of Public Health, gay men who live in states where gay marriage is legal apparently use less health care services than in non-gay marriage states.
You can USA Today’s story on the study here. I’m not a member of the AJPH’s site so I can’t see the actual report, but here’s the skinny on what USA Today reported.
The study included over 1,200 patients at a Massachusetts health clinic providing services for? sexual minorities.
That clinic saw a 13 percent decrease in health care visits and a 14 percent drop in health care costs in the 12 months after same-sex marriage was legalized there in 2003, compared to the 12 months before it was legalized.
It’s hard to judge how good this data really is without seeing the study, but I can see a few problems with it. First, it doesn’t include lsbns. According to USA Today, not enough lsbns visited the clinic to include them in the study.
Also, the study uses a decent-sized pool of participants but they’re all from one clinic. Maybe the gay men just started going elsewhere for care once they were married.
The time period’s also too small. Hospitals see patient numbers rise and fall all the time. Sometimes its linked to the economy, sometimes there’s no explanation.
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