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Government Spending on Uncompensated Care Is Less Than One-half of One Percent of Government Health Spending
John Goodman's Health Policy Blog Link to more items from this source
[Opinion]
June 9, 2014
"A new analysis ... estimates that providers delivered $84.9 billion worth of medical care to uninsured people, for which they were not directly paid. However, federal, state, and local governments compensated providers $35.9 billion, leaving $49.0 billion truly uncompensated.... If government stepped up and compensated the remaining $49.0 billion, the total payout would amount to about one percent of all government health spending.... Is this really something we should be turning ourselves inside out over?"

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