The Science of Health Care Reform

Published In: JAMA, Journal of the American Medical Association, v. 310, no. 23, June 17, 2009, p. 2486-2487

Posted on RAND.org on June 17, 2009

by Robert H. Brook

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Another health policy window has opened; through it will stream proposals to reform the US health care system. President Obama has demanded that reform proposals improve both coverage and quality of care and make health care more affordable for all Americans. Extending coverage without worrying about costs would be relatively easy. Improving quality of care without worrying about costs might also be achievable. But extending coverage and improving quality while also making coverage more affordable will be difficult.

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