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Universal health care would save over 330,000 American lives in pandemic: study

Xinhua | Updated: 2022-06-28 11:45
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US national flags fly at half-staff at the Washington Monument to mourn 1 million American lives lost to COVID-19 in Washington, DC, on May 12, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

SAN FRANCISCO - More than 330,000 Americans could have been saved during the COVID-19 pandemic if the United States operated under a universal health care system, the Kaiser Health News (KHN) reported recently.

Universal health care would have helped address underlying and pre-existing conditions that contributed to the COVID-related deaths, ultimately saving over 338,000 lives between the start of the pandemic and mid-March 2022, the KHN reported, citing a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.

It is nearly one-third of the total COVID-related deaths, said KHN.

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