Universal Access to Health Care: A Comprehensive Tax-Based Approach
Meyer, Jack A.
Sardegna, Carl J.
Archives of Internal Medicine. 1991 May; 151(5): 917-922.
More than 30 million Americans lack health insurance, and millions more are "underinsured." Meanwhile, the cost of health care in the United States is escalating, and some of our care is of questionable value. This article presents a health care reform strategy that addresses these three fundamental problems in the US health care system. The strategy, designed to empower consumers to make cost-conscious health care choices, combines a universal tax credit that enables all Americans to purchase basic health coverage; insurance reforms including pooling and reinsurance mechanisms; requirements that all employers make insurance available to their employees and that all consumers purchase coverage; and efforts to measure and improve the quality and efficiency of health care services. This strategy would help us to achieve universal health insurance coverage, while creating the proper incentives for cost control....
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