The case for the clinton plan for health care reform

C. D. Stevens, C. J. Harris, K. Sullivan, Paul Elliot Starr

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To the Editor: Despite its impressive scope and detail, Starr's description of the Health Security plan (Nov. 25 issue)1 neglected a key element of health care reform: the content of the federally mandated minimal-benefit package. Its content will determine whether the plan can achieve its principal objectives. One policy option that might promote agreement on a basic benefit package would be to distinguish explicitly between necessary and elective medical services and to structure the benefits differently for these two types of care. Under such a plan, medically necessary care would be covered completely, but patients would make mandatory copayments for.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1086-1088
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number15
StatePublished - Apr 14 1994
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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