ACP Endorses Achievement of Universal Health Insurance Coverage

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Universal Health Insurance Coverage

The American College of Physicians,the second-largest U.S. physician group, on Monday said that the U.S.should provide universal health coverage and could do so either througha single-payer health care system or a pluralistic approach, the Philadelphia Inquirerreports. The group based its recommendations on an analysis of healthcare systems in the U.S. and 12 other industrialized nations.

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Asingle-payer health care system has lower administrative costs than apluralistic system, but a pluralistic system provides consumers withmore choices and has more support in the U.S., according to ACP.

DavidDale, president of ACP, said, "I'm not a political analyst. I'm just adoctor. But I think there will probably be resistance" to asingle-payer health care system in the U.S. According to Dale, ACP isthe largest general interest physician group to support a single-payerhealth care system. The American Medical Association, the largest U.S. physician group, does not support a single-payer health care system.

ACPalso recommended increased reimbursements for primary care physiciansto help prevent a shortage, the implementation of a uniform billingsystem and expanded use of electronic health records to reduceadministrative costs (Burling, Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/4).

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