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October 11, 2001

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The high cost of health insurance, along with public policies, prevents tens of millions of Americans from obtaining health care coverage, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. A dip in the number of uninsured in 1999 and 2000 can be attributed in part to a stronger economy, but an increase is expected in the future because of rising health care costs and insurance premiums, a weakening economy, and a growing population.

Arthur L. Kellermann Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, and Director, Center for Injury Control, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta and Co-chair, Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance.