WILLIAM A. STEIGER, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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To the editor: With reference to "Health Care 1976: Costs and Consequences" (Ann Intern Med 84:211-212, 1976) may I make two comments? While all that Dr. Herman Somers says is true, it is seldom pointed out that medical insurance and rising medical care costs feed upon each other. Thus the more insurance, the more utilization, thereby increasing the total dollar expenditure. Likewise the higher these expenditures, the more urgent it is to get insurance coverage. National health insurance with all its proposed constraints, review procedures, and quality controls, will increase the total dollar expenditure on health care. Witness Medicare, Medicaid,
STEIGER WA. Medical Costs. Ann Intern Med. ;84:610–611. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-5-610_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(5):610-611.
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