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Comparative and Foreign Law

Washington and Lee University School of Law

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Private Or Public Approaches To Insuring The Uninsured: Lessons From International Experience With Private Insurance, Timothy Stoltzfus Jost Jan 2001

Private Or Public Approaches To Insuring The Uninsured: Lessons From International Experience With Private Insurance, Timothy Stoltzfus Jost

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In the recent past a broad consensus has emerged in the United States that the best way to expand coverage of the uninsured is to use tax subsidies to encourage the purchase of private health insurance policies. Many advocates of this approach also call for replacing employment-related group policies with individual policies, and for minimizing regulation of private insurance. Those who advocate these policies, however, have rarely considered the experience that other nations have had with private health insurance.

In fact most other countries have private insurance markets, and in many countries private insurance plays a significant role in financing ...