Friday, April 14, 2006

HAART--->employment

Dinking around the Medical Advocates site and the section on ADAP, I found this reference: Bernell SL, Shinogle JA, "The relationship between HAART use and employment for HIV-positive individuals: an empirical analysis and policy outlook," Health Policy. 2005 Feb;71(2):255-64. The results of the study:
The empirical results suggest that individuals taking HAART have an increased likelihood of working and that individuals with private health insurance are more likely to use HAART compared to individuals with public health insurance coverage or no coverage.

The conclusions (emphasis added):
Due to the fact that employment of HIV-positive is directly related to HAART use, policymakers need to look to the private health insurance industry and public program to increase access to HAART. Suggested models for consideration are mandating insurance benefits and ADAP expansion.

I hadn't seen this study before, so it was good to have another talking point validated by the science. Sadly, there doesn't seem to have been much response from "policymakers" in the year since this study was published.

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