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Even insured Americans are paying more for health care, studies show

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 20 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2015
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Several studies show that even US residents with health insurance are spending a higher proportion of their incomes on health care than ever before, and many women are ignoring health care because of costs.

    The studies are published at a time when the new Obama administration is promoting healthcare reform and universal coverage as its most important goals.

    A study by FamiliesUSA, a non-profit making organisation, found that 64 million people younger than 65 lived in families that spent more than 10% of their pre-tax income on health care—nearly one in four US residents younger than 65. Almost all of them (94%) had health …

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