The building blocks of health reform: achieving universal coverage and health system savings.

Karen Davis, Cathy Schoen, Sara R. Collins

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The presidential election has focused public attention on the need for health system reform--to ensure health insurance for all, to make health care more accessible and responsive to patients, and to slow the growth in health care cost. This issue brief sets forth a framework for expanding health coverage that offers Americans a choice of a product modeled on Medicare to those under age 65, made available through a national insurance connector. Coupled with reforms to Medicare provider payment, expansion of preventive health care, and improved information, such a strategy has the potential to achieve near-universal coverage and improve quality and access, while generating health system savings of $1.6 trillion over 10 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalIssue brief (Commonwealth Fund)
StatePublished - May 2008


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  • Medicine(all)

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