Food Insecurity Is Associated With Higher Health Care Use And Costs Among Canadian Adults


The researchers looked at Canadian hospital and healthcare expenditure records. They looked at specific characteristics of patients specifically acute care hospitalization, same-day surgery, and acute care costs among Canadian adults. Patients who were more food insecure were more likely to be admitted for acute care as well as having surgery. They  found that patients who were food insecure stayed “1.48 to 2.08 more days in the hospital and incurred $400-$565 more per person-year in acute care costs.”

TL;DR Being unable to buy food consistently leads to longer hospital stays and more money spent on healthcare

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