ERIC Number: ED348275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
A Healthy America: The Challenge for States.
National Governors' Association, Washington, DC.
This report, presented by the National Governors' Association, explores the significant problems in the U.S. health care system and provides strategies that states can employ to affect reform. Health care costs continue to spiral out of control, consuming resources that are required for other basic needs such as education, housing, food, and family support. Total health spending has grown from less than 6 percent of the gross national product (GNP) in 1960 to about 12 percent in 1990. It is projected to reach 17 percent of the GNP by the year 2000. Despite the enormous costs expended, roughly 34 million nonelderly U.S. citizens have no health coverage at all. The governors present several strategies, in significant detail, which states can employ to bring about incremental, concrete reform. These strategies include reorienting the health care system toward preventive and primary care services; developing ways to encourage and help businesses find affordable health insurance for their employees; stabilizing coverage for employees already receiving health insurance; and making better use of incremental cost control strategies that currently are available to every governor. A 132-item list of references is included, as is information on recent regional hearings about potential state strategies for health care reform. (DB)
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Government (Administrative Body), Government Role, Health Care Costs, Health Insurance, Health Needs, Health Services, Medical Care Evaluation, Public Policy, Social Problems, State Action, State Government
National Governors' Association, 444 North Capitol Street, Washington, DC 20001-1572.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC.