About one-third of the nation's poor lack insurance-public or private-against the costs of illness. Data from 1980 and 1982 show that a patchwork of state and local government charitable grants, and the disparate efforts of hospitals to provide free care, cannot mend the national "safety net." A prudent short-run approach to modifying charity care is advanced, although the long-run necessity for insuring the uninsured is inevitable.
Author(s): Judith Feder; Jack Hadley; Ross Mullner
Volume 62, Issue 4
Published in 1984