Making Health Care More Affordable Through Health Insurance Finance Reform

Baicker, Katherine
July 2007
Business Economics;Jul2007, Vol. 42 Issue 3, p36
Academic Journal
The way that we finance health insurance today is both unfair and inefficient. The tax code subsidizes the most expensive employment-based policies while penalizing those who buy insurance on their own or choose more basic policies. By reforming this system, we can both make health care more affordable for millions of people and get higher-value care for the money that we spend. These reforms should be coupled with policies to ensure that basic private insurance is affordable for everyone, including those with chronic health conditions or low income, and to ensure that patients and physicians have the tools that they need to make well-informed decisions.


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