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Health Care and Health Insurance in the United States

  1. Maxwell J Mehlman

Published Online: 15 JUL 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005205

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How to Cite

Mehlman, M. J. 2006. Health Care and Health Insurance in the United States. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2006

Abstract

The USA relies on a private health insurance system, supplemented by government programs covering discreet populations. This creates numerous distortions in access to health care and concerns about the risk of discrimination based on the results of genetic testing.

Keywords:

  • private health insurance;
  • genetic discrimination;
  • Medicare;
  • Medicaid, managed care organization