Title

Foreword: National health reform and America's uninsured

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

9-2004

Journal

Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics

Volume

Volume 32, Issue 3

Inclusive Pages

386-389

Keywords

Medicaid & SCHIP; Uninsured; Medicare

Abstract

For those uninitiated to the intricacies of the U.S. health system, perhaps its single most striking characteristic is its failure to function as a universal benefit in a manner similar to education, Social Security, and essential, population-based community services. This nation enjoys extraordinary and unprecedented wealth; yet it stands alone among industrialized countries in the area of health coverage. Why and how we as a people have chosen this pathway, the human, financial and economic, and social consequences of our choice, and the imperative for reform, are the subject of this special symposium of JLME.

Peer Reviewed

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