After analyzing 2003-2004 data of patients who underwent spinal surgery at two medical institutions, they found that Medicaid beneficiaries were at much higher risk of experiencing any type of complication than patients who are privately insured. “The results of our study further support the growing body of literature that Medicaid patients have higher rates of complications,” the authors write. When evaluating patients and considering the likelihood of complications, “Medicaid status should be considered as well,” they concluded (Hacquebord et al., 7/15).