Feb 15, 2013 1:21 PM by NBC News
Income inequalities appear to be responsible for thousands of extra hospital admissions each year.
A new study looked at patients hospitalized for heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia over a three year period.
Researchers found lower income patients were more likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge than wealthier patients, but they were not more likely to die.
They estimate income imbalances caused almost 40,000 additional admissions over the study period.
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