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Personal Medical Accounts: An Alternative to Compulsory Health Insurance. Michael F. Cannon Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute, USA Seminario Internacional FIAP 2010 06 y 07 de Mayo, Viña del Mar, Chile . Life-Saving Innovations. New treatments Error reduction

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Personal medical accounts an alternative to compulsory health insurance

Personal Medical Accounts:An Alternative to Compulsory Health Insurance

Michael F. Cannon

Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute, USA

Seminario Internacional FIAP 2010

06 y 07 de Mayo, Viña del Mar, Chile


Life-Saving Innovations

  • New treatments

  • Error reduction

  • Secure health insurance

  • Greater accessibility

  • Electronic medical records

  • Coordinated care

  • Effectiveness research




Deamonte Driver

  • Maryland Medicaid

    • 16% of dentists accept

    • 30% of kids get dental care

  • Mother could not find dentist willing to accept Medicaid

  • Infection from abscessed tooth spread to brain

  • $250,000 spent on hospitalization, brain surgery

  • Died in 2007, at age 12 “for want of a dentist”


Designing Personal Medical Accounts

  • Financed by reduction in each worker’s tax burden

  • Investment rules similar to personal retirement/unemployment accounts

  • Funds may be used to purchase health insurance or medical care directly

  • Preserve freedom to save rather than purchase insurance


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