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What's up (or down and out) in US healthcare
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  1. H BAUCHER, US Editor

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    It is always difficult to summarise trends in US healthcare. But it's worth a shot—in no particular order:

    • Cost is up. Healthcare expenditures are once again increasing by 6–8% or more annually

    • The number of uninsured Americans remains embarrassingly high—45 million—or 1 in 6 US citizens

    • A new programme has been developed: the State Child Health Insurance Program, which should reduce the number of children without insurance. There is growing consensus that all children should have health insurance. Unfortunately, there is …

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