Opinion: U.S. Health Care System is ‘Engine of Inequality’

April 15, 2020

The U.S. health care system is an “engine of inequality,” professors Anne Case and Angus Deaton write in a recent opinion piece published in the New York Times.

America has the wealth to invest in a world-class health care system, they write, and “we need to spend to save lives and reduce sickness, not on expensive, income-generating procedures that do little to improve health.”

“The (Covid-19) crisis will, inevitably, change health care in countless ways,” Case and Deaton write. “The industry might emerge as a superhero of the war against Covid-19, like the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain during World War II. If so, it might become even more untouchable than before. Or it may be seen as a financial predator that leaves many thousands with unpayable bills for coronavirus care.”

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