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US health care needs higher taxes and rationing

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 31 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:748
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Higher taxes and possibly eventual limiting or rationing of services are inevitable if US citizens are to get universal health care. And healthcare professionals should lead the way in helping the public confront this unpleasant truth, say James Mongan and Thomas Lee in the New England Journal of Medicine (2005;352:1260-3).

    Their article says that the recent US election might have considered whether broader health coverage should be a high priority. The anti-tax movement should, they say, be recognised as the “main enemy of those who …

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