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US contingency plans to provide health cover for high risk patients are inadequate

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 28 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2896
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington DC

    A subsidy from the US government to create a high risk pool for individuals who otherwise cannot obtain health insurance because of pre-existing conditions is grossly inadequate, says a report from the Center for Studying Health System Change.

    The $5bn (£3.5bn; €4bn)subsidy is meant to fill the gap from 1 July 2010 to January 2014 when provisions of recently enacted reform kick in that prohibit health insurance companies from discriminating on the basis of pre-existing conditions.

    The money is sufficient to cover as few as 200 000 people. Estimates of those who might qualify …

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