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Free Health Care Does Not Equate To Better Health

“…Like insurance, removing user fees reduces the direct costs of health care. But reducing the direct costs of care generally hasn’t — on its own — improved health. Free care or insurance thus seems a necessary but not a sufficient condition for improving health outcomes. Here’s why…,” Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), writes in the center’s “Global Health Policy” blog (2/10).