The chances of living a long and healthy life differ dramatically for the rich and poor. How might such inequality be reduced? The long-standing debates on health care reform in the United States address such possibilities as providing universal access to health insurance or health care, providing comprehensive benefits (e.g., prescription drugs, long-term care), or improving the efficiency of health care delivery. These and other possible reforms are attractive not just because they might reduce inequalities in health itself but also because a reduction in such inequalities would likely increase economic output and reduce poverty.
If you would like to learn more about health and health care, please consult the relevant work of our affiliates (see the key issue health, mental health, and health care) or explore the website of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Also, for those interested in becoming directly involved in health care reform, the Universal Health Care Action Network may be of interest.