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Kant Patel

In: Guide to U.S. Health and Health Care Policy

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Origins and Development of Government's Role in Health Policy (Colonial Era to Present)1
Origins and development of government's role in health policy (colonial era to present)
KantPatel

The United States remains the only major industrialized country in the world without national health insurance. Today, a majority of Americans are covered through private health insurance, usually bought through their employers. Health care is largely financed, administered, and delivered through the private sector. However, it is important to note that if one uses internationally accepted standards for health accounting, public spending accounts for almost 60 percent of U.S. spending on health care. This discrepancy arises because, in the United States, tax expenditures of state and local government on health coverage for their employees and retirees are counted as private ...

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