Toward Adequate Health Care: Why We Need National Health Insurance

Toward Adequate Health Care: Why We Need National Health Insurance

Each year more Americans face an uncertain health future with inadequate or no insurance to help pay for medical care. National efforts to control and contain medical expenditures, which are endangering the quality of care, have met with few successes. Advances in biomedical science, though welcome, will add to costs and will further strain government and private budgets. We can expect additional pressure to restrict existing health insurance policies, to increase patient “cost-sharing,” and to cut benefits. More and more of us will be forced into health plans and patterns of care we now reject. It will become harder to pay for the care we need. Inevitably, this will be doubly difficult for those not covered by employer group health plans. Insurers, concerned about future costs, will reject self-selected individual subscribers. Decisions will be made for us and for physicians by cost accountants; attaché case and three-piece suit will replace stethoscope and white coat.

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