Falling through the Cracks: Poverty, Insurance Coverage, and Hospital Care for the Poor, 1980 and 1982

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

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Volume 62, Issue 4 (pages 544–566)
Published in 1984