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Health Agencies Update
November 20, 2002

Pooling Federal Health Care

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JAMA. 2002;288(19):2397. doi:10.1001/jama.288.19.2397-JHA20011-2-1

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has mapped a plan to increase the quality of health care available to 100 million people in the United States through the federal government's six major health care programs: Medicare, Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, the Department of Defense TRICARE program, the Veterans Health Administration, and the Indian Health Service.

By drawing up common standards and pooling purchasing power, the programs could "set the gold standard for quality care," said Gilbert Omenn, MD, PhD, a University of Michigan School of Medicine professor and chair of the IOM committee that issued the report.

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