Uninsured patients with a variety of common medical diagnoses are significantly less likely to be transferred between hospitals for treatment, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Iowa, and the University of Toronto. They also found that women, insured or not, are less likely to be transferred between hospitals.

The findings, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggest that non-medical factors, including patientsÂ’ sex and insurance coverage, may influence care decisions and lead to potential health disparities, UPMC executives said in a statement accompanying the study's publication.

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