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Book and Media Reviews
March 2, 2011

Health Assets in a Global Context: Theory, Methods, Action

JAMA. 2011;305(9):945-946. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.233

Since 2003, the US National Health Care Act (HR 676), a bill to fund all medical care in public or nonprofit institutions by the US government, has been reintroduced to every Congress. The bill is predicated on halving costs by eliminating insurance overheads and denials of coverage (ie, private insurers are prohibited from duplicating federally funded services). Such single-payer health care would undoubtedly increase US community health assets (as have similar national health systems in Canada, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, and Australia) but remains stalled, particularly because of lobbying against “government-run health care” (but not community assets such as parks, schools, and police, fire, rescue, and military services).

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