Pitfalls of Private Medicine: Health Care in the USA
Himmelstein, David U.
Lancet. 1984 Aug 18; 2(8399): 391-394.
Despite the introduction of Medicaid and Medicare, approximately 11% of the U.S. population (25 million people) lacks health insurance at any given time. Preventive measures remain inadequate for all groups in the U.S., accounting for only 2.3% of health care expenditures. The authors, associated with the Harvard Medical School and the Boston University School of Public Health, provide statistical data indicative of inequities based on such socioeconomic characteristics as race, income level, and place of residence. The extent of denial of care to the uninsured is found to be "staggering," and many patients are endangered by an increase in the number of economically-motivated transfers from private to public hospitals. (KIE abstract)
Aged; Children; Chronically Ill; Economics; Emergency Care; Financial Support; Government; Government Financing; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Health Insurance; Hospitals; Immunization; Indigents; Insurance; Medicine; Minority Groups; Patients; Pregnant Women; Preventive Medicine; Proprietary Hospitals; Public Health; Public Hospitals; Public Policy; Resource Allocation; Socioeconomic Factors; Statistics;
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