Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 8 No. 3 (Summer 1994)


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A Guide to Health Care Reform

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Cutler, David M. 1994. "A Guide to Health Care Reform." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 8(3): 13-30.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.8.3.13


There are four rationales for health care reform: increasing the efficiency of health delivery; reforming the market for health insurance; providing universal coverage; and reducing the federal deficit. These goals are reflected in most reform proposals. Achieving these goals involves several problems, however. Paying for universal coverage may lead to labor supply or demand reductions. In addition, reform involves large federal risks that must be dealt with through deficit financing, reduced benefits, or lower subsidies.

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Cutler, David M. (Harvard U)

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I18: Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
I11: Analysis of Health Care Markets


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