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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
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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