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Integrating private insurance with public health would improve US health care -- study
Date:1/27/2010

hat decision makers could take a more appropriate long-term perspective on Americans' health by investing now in prevention and health promotion, while also providing equitable medical care. Such a system would reduce billing costs and administrative waste by eliminating medical underwriting, duplicate coverage and cost shifting.

Further, the authors believe that "to create a more effective and efficient health care system, the United States should capitalize on current health reform efforts that aim to make access to care universal and contain its costs within an integrated health system."

The proposed integrated delivery system would build on existing components for current health care systems and incorporate competing private health plans to create a national health plan. This is similar to the universal coverage provided by the national systems in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

These countries achieve superior health outcomes but spend a smaller proportion of gross domestic product on health (between 9.2 and 11.6 percent) than the U.S. spends. In 2008, U.S. health care spending came to $2.34 trillion an average of $7,681 per resident, and was the highest of all industrialized countries.


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