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May 31, 2007

It's No Myth: Health Coverage Matters

In the debate over health care reform the desire to boil complex issues down to pithy statements can sometimes lead to over-simplification.

That's why CalHealthReform created a series of Myths & Facts summarizing key research about important issues related to health care coverage and financing. Two new Myths & Facts, which explore the questions of access to care for the uninsured and whether preventive care saves money, are now available.

* Does coverage matter or can the uninsured already access the care they need? Federal law requires emergency rooms to treat patients regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. Do the uninsured get needed care, and how do their health outcomes compare to those who have health coverage? Research shows that having health coverage makes a big difference.

* Will investing in prevention reduce overall health spending? The five major health reform proposals in California feature preventive care as a cost containment strategy. But the devil is in the details. While investing in preventive measures sometimes can yield health benefits, it can increase costs and must be used strategically to achieve savings.

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Posted by healthinsurance at May 31, 2007 06:28 PM