Expansion of Health Care to the Uninsured and Underinsured Has to Be Cost-Neutral
JAMA. 1991 May 8; 265(18): 2388-2390.
Any attempt to address the problem of more than 30 million uninsured and 25 million seriously underinsured citizens in the United States has to be able to offer medical services to this 20% of the population in a cost-neutral way for the US economy, since present economic conditions do not permit further expansion in health care costs. A medical system compartmentalized by medical specialty should be able to save approximately 20% of present-day health care expenditures within each specialty, which then can be used to provide the necessary coverage. Some suggestions are made as to how such cost savings can be achieved. Only an effort spearheaded by physicians can achieve the outlined targets, since, otherwise, physician efforts will easily subvert such attempts. A physician initiative that could solve the crisis would reestablish physicians as leaders in determining national health care policy....
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