CFDP 1073

Health Care Reform as Seen by a General Economist

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Publication Date: May 1994

Pages: 17

Abstract: 

Universal coverage, it is argued, implies universally required insurance, to avoid adverse selection into last-resort care implicitly guaranteed. It also entails community rating, such that insurers cannot choose among risks. Individual mandate makes more sense than employer mandate. A system is proposed in which individual can choose among a government Medicare-like plan and private insurance offering equivalent services. Means-tested assistance would help individuals pay premiums.