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Action Costs Less: The Health Care Amendment Standards and Options for Reform

Authors: Kenneth Thorpe, PhD
Published: December 14, 2005
Financed by: Committee for Health Care for Massachusetts
Legislation analyzed: none, plan analyzed developed by the author.


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Summary

Option 3: Universal Coverage through Public System Expansion with Reforms to Contain Costs and Improve Quality

What Happens?

  • Health care spending drops by $6 billion in 2006
  • Health care spending is 13% lower by 2015 than it would be without reform
  • The number of uninsured and underinsured drops to virtually zero
  • Health care spending consumes even less household income and gross state product than under Option 2


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