Two Plans for Universal Health Insurance

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  • To the Editor: We agree with Himmelstein and colleagues (Jan. 12 issue)1 that severe problems afflict health care in the United States. To achieve equitable, high-quality, accessible health care delivered with minimal bureaucratic restraint, they propose a sweeping nationalized system of health insurance. We wholeheartedly agree with their general goals. However, we fear that their plan would not be able to reach its objectives. Large-scale government-run health care in the United States, as exemplified by the Veterans Administration system, has not been a great success. Schemes that depend on the ongoing wisdom and beneficence of the government may founder on…. © 1989, Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved.
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  • Poses RM; Hillner BE; Centor RM; Kaplan C; Brouillette JN; Osborne ML; Caplan D; Andreopoulos S; Huyette JN; Friedmann P
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  • 114
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  • 119
  • Volume

  • 321
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  • 2