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Health Care Reform
Jan 28, 2013

Getting to Best Care at Lower Cost

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(2):91-92. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1271

The increased cost of the American health care system is posing a tremendous burden on individuals, families, and businesses. For example, in the past decade, the health care costs (including health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs) for a family of 4 increased by 76%, while average income rose by only 30%, effectively eliminating any wage increases.1 Health care costs from Medicare, Medicaid, and other government programs are contributing to our growing federal deficit.

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