Reliving History and Renewing the Health Care Reform Debate

Published in: Annals of Family Medicine, v. 4, no. 5, Editorial Sep.-Oct. 2006, p. 388-390

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2005

by Kathryn Pitkin Derose, Nicole Lurie

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The importance of health insurance in obtaining health care and ensuring health has been documented for several decades, as have the effects of going without it. Evidence has continued to accumulate regarding the profound and lasting effects of uninsurance on health care access and on health outcomes, particularly for populations who are poor or in poor health. The authors discuss articles in this issue that add further to the body of evidence.

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