Preventable diseases will significantly increase morbidity
and mortality for children and adults, and financial costs for
all contributors to the health care system, over the next few
Texas is the uninsured capital of America. The uninsured pay
the physical price; all of us pay the fiscal price. Roughly
half the cost of caring for this huge portion of the population
is borne by taxpayers, employers that offer health insurance
benefits, and families that pay health insurance premiums.
The constraints and demands of managed care have increased
administrative expenses and paperwork that distract from
patient care. Health plans' payment practices and government
budget constraints have reduced physicians' revenue and damaged
patients' access to care.
As Americans spend more and more on health insurance, the
share of each dollar devoted to care decreases and the portion
that goes into managed care's pocket increases. Health
insurance companies saw a 10.7-percent increase in profits in
2004, continuing a longstanding trend.