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Insuring the Uninsured: The Gains From Reducing Waste

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Publication Date: September 2004

Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research

Author(s): Dean Baker

Topic: Health (Health care financing)

Keywords: Health care; Health care outcomes; Privatized systems

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

Over 70 million people in the U.S. go without health insurance at some point in the year. In 2003, 45 million people went the entire year without health insurance. This paper examines the extent to which eliminating waste within the system could pay for covering the uninsured.