Two Plans for Universal Health Insurance

Roy M. Poses, Bruce E. Hillner, Robert M. Centor, Craig Kaplan, J. N. Brouillette, Molly L. Osborne, David Caplan, Spryros Andreopoulos, John N. Huyette, Paul Friedmann, David L. Joseph, Bernhard Heersink, S. Steven Yang, Peter B. Richman, Roger W. Spingarn, Etienne Thillet, Steven Berkowitz, Joseph Raffaele, Cindy J. Osman, James M. SlaytonEugene C. Ciccarelli, Sanford A. Marcus, Vicente Navarro, David U. Himmelstein, Steffie Woolhandler, Arnold S. Relman

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To the Editor: We agree with Himmelstein and colleagues (Jan. 12 issue)1 that severe problems afflict health care in the United States. To achieve equitable, high-quality, accessible health care delivered with minimal bureaucratic restraint, they propose a sweeping nationalized system of health insurance. We wholeheartedly agree with their general goals. However, we fear that their plan would not be able to reach its objectives. Large-scale government-run health care in the United States, as exemplified by the Veterans Administration system, has not been a great success. Schemes that depend on the ongoing wisdom and beneficence of the government may founder on….

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-119
Number of pages6
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 13 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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