Health Affairs published a study suggesting hospitalized patients with Medicare had notably higher mortality rates compared to those with private insurance for the majority of Inpatient Quality Indicators set by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Researchers examined a sample including 1601 hospitals from 11 different states and compared hospital quality for patients according to their insurance status using pooled 2006-2008 State Inpatient Database records from AHRQ. Medicare patients had better mortality rates only for congestive heart failure, stroke and pneumonia, according to the study. The study reveals that differences in patient payer type is an additional factor that can lead to inequality in hospital care.  What are your thoughts regarding these study results?

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