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December 3, 2003

Proposals for US National Health Insurance

JAMA. 2003;290(21):2797. doi:10.1001/jama.290.21.2799-a

To the Editor: The Physicians' Working Group1 pointed out many potential medical, economic, and societal benefits of NHI. For the estimated 45% of the US population with chronic conditions (21% with multiple chronic illnesses),2 those who provide their care, and those who pay for it, there is one more: the administrative data on prevalence and incidence of chronic medical conditions that would result from an NHI system.