Balancing the goals of health care provision and financing.

  title={Balancing the goals of health care provision and financing.},
  author={Martin S. Feldstein},
  journal={Health affairs},
  volume={25 6},
A desirable system for providing and financing health care must balance three goals: (1) preventing the deprivation of care because of a patient's inability to pay; (2) avoiding wasteful spending; and (3) allowing care to reflect the different tastes of individual patients. This essay discusses the application of these goals and uses them to consider a reform of the system of health savings accounts (HSAs) that was enacted as part of the 2003 Medicare legislation and, separately, the challenge… CONTINUE READING

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