Surg Endosc 2022 May 18. Epub 2022 May 18.
Center for Abdominal Core Health, Department of Surgery, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 181 Taylor Avenue, 11th Floor, Suite 1102A, Columbus, OH, 43203, USA.
Background: Access to care and barriers to achieving health equity remain persistent and prevailing issues in the USA, particularly for low socioeconomic (L-SES) populations. Previous studies have shown that public insurance (a surrogate marker for L-SES) is an independent predictor of emergent hernia repair. However, the impact of insurance type on postoperative healthcare utilization, including emergency department (ED) care, following ventral hernia repair (VHR) remains unknown. Read More