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Universal Insurance for American Health Care: A Proposal of the American College of Physicians*

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Requests for Reprints: H. Denman Scott, MD, Health and Public Policy Division, American College of Physicians, Independence Mall West, Sixth Street at Race, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1572.


© 1992 American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(6):511-519. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-117-6-511
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America urgently needs comprehensive health care reform. The American College of Physicians (ACP) believes that universal access to care can be achieved only through system-wide reform in the organization and financing of health care (1). This paper outlines our proposal for a national policy to achieve that reform.

Overview: As a professional society of physicians whose goal is excellence in medicine, we see a system failing all who are a part of it—patients, physicians and other health professionals, purchasers, and insurers. Most of the problems have been well documented: over 35 million Americans without health coverage, excessive utilization of high

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