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The uninsured. From dilemma to crisis

Friedman, E

JAMA, 15 May 1991, Vol.265(19), pp.2491-5 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The uninsured. From dilemma to crisis
  • Author: Friedman, E
  • Subjects: Health Care and Public Health ; Medicaid ; Health Policy -- Standards ; Health Services Accessibility -- Economics ; Medical Indigency -- Statistics & Numerical Data
  • Is Part Of: JAMA, 15 May 1991, Vol.265(19), pp.2491-5
  • Description: An estimated 31 to 36 million Americans currently lack any form of health insurance, and underinsurance is also a chronic problem. In 1989, only 40% of the poverty population was covered by Medicaid. Employer-subsidized insurance has also seen gradual erosion over the years. Friedman warns that the issue of health care coverage, if not yet at a critical level, soon will be, for five reasons: coverage is a key factor in health improvement; health care institutions suffer increasingly from patients' uninsured care; fewer employers are offering coverage, due to the increasing costs of insurance; primary care in the emergency setting is inefficient, forcing society to pay dearly for care for the uninsured; and an industrialized democracy cannot justify such an overly selective and self-destructive health care system.
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0098-7484 ; PMID: 2020064 Version:1

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