How does access to health care affect suicide rates?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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In one study, there were strong correlations of suicide rates with indicators of access to health care in the United States. [74] Multivariate analysis of state-by-state statistics showed that the state rate of federal aid for mental health was the strongest indicator, followed by the rate of uninsured persons and population density of psychiatrists and physicians and by population density. These researchers concluded that the findings support the view that clinical intervention is a crucial element in the prevention of suicide.


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