Medical Care of the Poor--a Growing Problem
Iglehart, John K.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1985 Jul 4; 313(1): 59-63.
The problem of providing medical care to the uninsured is being compounded by government efforts to limit budget growth. The federal emphasis on cutting social spending has led state governments and professional organizations to address such issues as the size of the uninsured population and the predicament of public hospitals that provide most of the uncompensated care. Efforts to reduce Medicaid spending have led to a proposal in Congress to finance services for pregnant women and infants by restricting hospital reimbursement for nonpatient care items. Congress has also directed the Department of Health and Human Services to consider the special needs of hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of uninsured patients. Iglehart concludes that provision of care to almost 30 million uninsured persons is a growing problem needing to be actively addressed. (KIE abstract)
Economics; Federal Government; Financial Support; Government; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Health Insurance; Hospitals; Indigents; Infants; Insurance; Legislation; Obligations of Society; Organizations; Patients; Pregnant Women; Professional Organizations; Proprietary Hospitals; Public Hospitals; Remuneration; State Government; Statistics;
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