Reports Outline Epilepsy Study Results from RTI International

New research, "Impact of insurance status on access to care and out-of-pocket costs for U.S. individuals with epilepsy," is the subject of a report. "We analyzed data from the 2002-2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) to assess whether individuals with epilepsy who are uninsured and those who have Medicaid coverage experience differences in medical resource utilization or out-of-pocket costs compared with those having other types of insurance. With sociodemographic characteristics controlled for, uninsured individuals had significantly fewer outpatient visits, fewer visits with neurologists, and greater antiepileptic drug costs than did those with private insurance," scientists in Washington, District of Columbia report (see also Epilepsy).