Document Type

Policy Brief

Date

1998

Keywords

8th annual Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture on Health Policy, health policy, health care, Medicare, Medicaid

Language

English

Disciplines

Health Policy

Description/Abstract

There is a fundamentally new dynamic in American health care, one that has yet to be fully experienced but that threatens to leave a large portion of the American population without access to the quality health care they have received in the past. While the federal government has not completely abandoned the goal of assuring universal health care, a goal that dates back to the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s and even earlier, the mechanisms to pursue that goal have changed. The implicit contract between government and health care providers--mostly doctors and not-for-profit hospitals--under which subsidized care was provided to those unable to pay has been broken in favor of more market-driven forces that promise a more cost-effective system, but a system that fails to protect a growing uninsured population. This new purchaser-driven system--in which costs increasingly determine the services that are provided--is likely to fall short of providing quality care to all who need it. Health care is different from other services, and unless this difference is recognized we are in danger of permanently denying quality health care to a significant minority of our population. Regulation of the emerging "free market" in health care is needed and government must assure that role.

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