Policy Documents

Wrong Prescription for What Ails Us

Conrad F. Meier –
April 1, 1996

In this article, author Conrad F. Meier discusses the need for health care insurance reform in order to provide those who do not have employee benefit health insurance as well as those who have no choice but to have Health Management Organization (HMO) as their provider leaving less than desirable benefits as a whole.  He writes;

The National Associations of the Self-Employed reports about only 1 percent of all American employees receive no health insurance, and that's because they have a chronic medical condition too expensive for traditional health plans to underwrite.  Even so, uninsured Americans have remarkable access to the health care system.  The Agency of Health Care Policy and Research calculated that those without health insurance received 99 percent (in dollar terms) of the hospital care as insured Americans did.