The United States, while leading the world in health care expenditures, is unique among developed countries in its failure to provide universal health care coverage to all citizens. The patchwork of insurance coverage that exists today—employer-sponsored private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, exchange-based individual plans, and out-of-pocket payments—is experiencing enormous strain. Employers are passing along the rising costs of health insurance to their employees, who must shoulder higher contributions toward premiums. The continued viability of the health insurance exchange is in question, threatened by lawsuits seemingly every day and the elimination of the individual mandate, and this uncertainty becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy as it leads to rising prices.
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Mullangi S, Bagley N, Jagsi R. The Case for Health Reform—The Oncologist’s Perspective. JAMA Oncol. Published online May 07, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.0568
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