A 2018 study showed that access to healthcare both in and out of prison is a way to reduce crime. Rising healthcare costs can make anyone desperate, and while financially motivated crime to pay for treatments and prescriptions might seem like something out of a movie, it’s real life for some people.
For example, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis–a type of treatment that must be done in a hospital–can cost up to $7,000. In states with expanded Medicare, rates of robbery, car theft and other property crime decreased. Even lower homicide rates seem to be tied to increased healthcare access.