[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
May 1991

Access to Health Care in the United States

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1991;117(5):481-483. doi:10.1001/archotol.1991.01870170027003

Just in case you arrived recently on this planet from another spot in the universe or have just awakened from a 20-year coma, let me inform you that the current status of the health care system in this country is being debated hotly. The basic issues being scrutinized are access, quality, and cost. These three issues are tightly interwoven, and to a degree they are inseparable, but access issues have moved to the top of the list in contemporary proposals that are likely to shape our health care system during the 1990s.

See also pp 484, 485, 487, 489, 493, 495, and 496.

This month, the Archives focuses attention on the general theme of access to health care for the uninsured and underinsured in this country. Who are these 33 million Americans who lack adequate access to the high-quality, technologically advanced medicine that is practiced in the United States? They