Journal Article Covering The Uninsured In 2008
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Current Costs, Sources Of Payment, And Incremental Costs
Jack Hadley, John Holahan, Teresa A. Coughlin, Dawn M. Miller
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People uninsured for any part of 2008 spend about $30 billion out of pocket and receive approximately $56 billion in uncompensated care while uninsured. Government programs finance about 75 percent of uncompensated care. If all uninsured people were fully covered, their medical spending would increase by $122.6 billion. The increase represents 5 percent of current national health spending and 0.8 percent of gross domestic product. However, it is neither the cost of a specific plan nor necessarily the same as the government's costs, which could be higher, depending on plans' financing structures and the extent of crowd-out.
Research Areas Health and health care
Tags Health insurance
Policy Centers Health Policy Center