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Physician Support for Covering the Uninsured: Is the Cup Half Empty or Half Full?

Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH
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From Emory University; Atlanta, GA 30322.

Note: More information about the reports of the IOM Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance can be found at http://www.iom.edu/uninsured.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.

Current Author Address: Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH, Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University, 1365 Clifton Road, Suite B6200, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Ann Intern Med. 2003;139(10):858-859. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-139-10-200311180-00013
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More than 43 million Americans—17.2% of the population younger than age 65 years—lack health insurance (1). Over the past 25 years, in good times as well as bad, the general trend has been one of growth in the numbers of uninsured (23). This trend has continued despite substantial expansions in Medicaid eligibility in the late 1980s, enactment of the State Children's Health Insurance Program in 1997, and incremental reforms in the regulation of private health insurance (24).

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