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Impact of health insurance status on surgical site infection incidence: A prospective cohort study

  • Brian T. Duggan (a1), Jan A. Roth (a1) (a2) (a3), Marc Dangel (a1) (a2), Manuel Battegay (a1) (a2) and Andreas F. Widmer (a1) (a2) (a4)...


Health insurance status may affect the risk for surgical site infection (SSI). A large prospective cohort study in a Swiss tertiary-care hospital did not find evidence of a difference in SSI risk in individuals with basic versus semiprivate or private insurance in a setting with universal health insurance coverage.


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Author for correspondence: Jan A. Roth, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Basel, Petersgraben 4, 4031 Basel, Switzerland. Email:


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