Federal Tax Treatment of Health Care Expenditures: Is It Part of the Health Care Problem?

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Concern over the cost of health care has galvanized efforts to reform the nation's health care system in a way that concern over access by itself never succeeded in doing. During the 1980s, health care costs skyrocketed in relation to other costs of living, and the increasing costs decreased access. Access to health care thus provides the necessary social objective of a struggle in which the principal objective is to cut costs.

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Health care industry, Income tax, Tax credits

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Paul J. Donahue (Society of Actuaries)

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