What to Do?
|1.||1. Provide universal coverage for health care meeting minimum standards of need and treatment; we are the only advanced nation that does not do this. Curtailment of spending should not be at the expense of this goal.|
|2.||2. Reduce the share of GNP spent on health care. There is no need to spend twice as large a share of GNP on health care as some advanced countries with universal coverage and better outcomes in terms of infant mortality and life expectancy at every age.|
|3.||3. Reduce the future increase in share of GNP spent on health care. Some increase is essential to care for an aging population. The effect of technologies yet to be developed cannot be predicted but can be influenced. It is unthinkable that within the lifetime of most of us, we should be devoting one-third of GNP to medical care, which is the implication of current trends. This goal, together with the second goal, seeks to preserve growth opportunities for the economy and maintain and improve people's standards of living.|