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Medical News and Perspectives
March 3, 2004

States' Health Care Budgets Faltering

JAMA. 2004;291(9):1057-1058. doi:10.1001/jama.291.9.1057

The cover of a recent report on state health care programs says it all: a cracked and barren desert stretches to the horizon, punctuated by a single red flower.

"There's been a lot of rough terrain lately," said Alan Weil, PhD, of the Urban Institute, but also a few bright spots. Weil was a consultant on the latest "State of the States" study from AcademyHealth, a health services think tank. (The report is available online at:

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