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. Sep-Oct 2008;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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Covering the Uninsured in 2008: Current Costs, Sources of Payment, and Incremental Costs

Jack Hadley et al. Health Aff (Millwood). .

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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