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More Americans find healthcare unattainable, shows study

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3409 (Published 14 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3409
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

Access to healthcare and use of health services for all working age US adults deteriorated from 2000 to 2010, whether they had private insurance, government insurance, or no insurance, says a new study published in Health Affairs.

The authors, from the Urban Institute Policy Center in Washington, DC, say that many US adults aged 19-64 years lost access to healthcare and used health services less, with the loss greatest among uninsured people.1 The paper also considers what would happen if the Supreme Court declares the Affordable Care Act (enacting Barack Obama’s health reforms) unconstitutional—or if the court leaves the act in effect in …

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