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ERIC Number: ED085479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov-7
Pages: 13
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The Politics of Health Care.
Anderson, John B.
Before the mid-1960's the Federal role in health care was extremely limited, but technological breakthroughs, the new importance of hospitals, and the recognition that the poor and elderly have been underserved prompted Congress to pass the Medicare and Medicaid package in 1966. Since then the Federal share of the health care dollar has risen by more than 60 percent. Soaring hospital costs resulted from disconnected and overlapping delivery systems and the tendency of the legislation to bias coverage toward inpatient care. The Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) bill provides a more balanced approach with a variety of services, outpatient care, and special facilities for a flat yearly fee. Since private health insurance is unprofitable, consideration is being given to a national insurance program to provide effective coordination between organized modes of health care delivery. It would consist of two segments--the larger paid by workers and employers and the smaller subsidized by the government to aid the poor. A carefully considered plan must be pressed to completion and promptly considered in Congress. (MS)
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Note: Statement before the Northern Illinois University Student Nurses Organization Lecture Series on Health Care and Human Rights, DeKalb, November 7, 1973