If the nation’s workers had access to paid sick days—today, 44 million workers don’t—it would mean a dramatic drop in hospital emergency room visits and save about $1 billion a year in health care costs, according to a new study due to be released this week.
The report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) says paid sick days are associated with better self-reported health, fewer delays in medical care and fewer emergency department visits for adults and their children. Says IWPR Research Director Robert Drago:
We have known for decades that individuals without health insurance are more likely to use costly emergency room services. This study establishes that, regardless of whether someone has health insurance, having the flexibility provided by paid sick days reduces use of emergency departments. continue reading

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