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US report warns that lack of health insurance affects overall service provision

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:570
  1. Charles Marwick
  1. Washington, DC

    The lack of available health insurance for some people affects the provision of health services to everyone, not just to those who are not insured, warns a report published by the US Institute of Medicine last week.

    The fourth report from an Institute of Medicine's committee on the impact of the lack of health insurance in the US argued that the lack of such insurance for some people affected health services as a whole. Dr Arthur Kellerman, chairman of the department of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and joint chairman of the Institute of Medicine's committee, said: “It's mistaken and dangerous to assume that this affects only those who are uninsured. Since the …

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