Covering The Uninsured In 2008: Current Costs, Sources Of Payment, And Incremental Costs

Source: Jack Hadley, John Holahan, Teresa Coughlin, Dawn Miller, Health Affairs, Web Exclusive, August 25, 2008
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From the abstract:
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.

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