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June 17, 2003

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The value of what the United States loses because of the poorer health and earlier death experienced by the 41 million Americans who lack health insurance is estimated to be billion to 0 billion every year, according to a first-ever economic analysis of the costs of uninsurance for society overall. This lost value is a hidden cost that could be recouped by extending health coverage to all, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Mary Sue Coleman, Ph.D., President, University of Michigan and Co-Chair, Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance.