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Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 Sep-Oct;27(5):w399-415. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.27.5.w399. Epub 2008 Aug 25.

Covering the uninsured in 2008: current costs, sources of payment, and incremental costs.

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  • 1Health Administration and Policy, George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. jhgmu@yahoo.com

Abstract

People uninsured for any part of 2008 spend about $30 billion out of pocket and receive approximately $56 billion in uncompensated care while uninsured. Government programs finance about 75 percent of uncompensated care. If all uninsured people were fully covered, their medical spending would increase by $122.6 billion. The increase represents 5 percent of current national health spending and 0.8 percent of gross domestic product. However, it is neither the cost of a specific plan nor necessarily the same as the government's costs, which could be higher, depending on plans' financing structures and the extent of crowd-out.

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