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Government pays 61% of healthcare costs in US

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2256 (Published 24 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2256
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    The extent of federal spending on US health care has been masked by hidden tax subsidies, says a US health strategist. Any attempts to reform health care must be accompanied by general tax reform, he thinks.

    “We need better coordination between health policy, tax policy, budget policy, and income security policy,” said Samuel Sessions at a briefing on the health of the nation sponsored by JAMA. Sessions is a member of the blue sky health initiative of the University of California in Los Angeles, which aims to develop innovative approaches to reform the health system.

    Employment based private insurance is …

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