Uninsured workers less likely to take sick time off

U.S. workers took about 14 sick days in 2007, according to a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. About four of those days off involved care for family members. AHRQ found that workers who are ages 55 to 64 took an average of 18 days off from work, compared to just 10 days for much younger workers (ages 16 to 24). Only 26 percent of uninsured workers took sick time off compared to 37 percent of privately insured workers and 32 percent of people with Medicaid or other public insurance. Report

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