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Briefing Date:06/16/2003
Topic:Hidden Costs, Value Lost: Uninsurance in America

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Health Care Services
Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance

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Congressional Briefings
Monday, June 16, 2003
430 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. -- 1:00 p.m.
and
2318 Rayburn House Office Bldg. -- 3:00 p.m.

on

Hidden Costs, Value Lost: Uninsurance in America

The United States loses an estimated $65 billion to $130 billion every year because of the poorer health and earlier death experienced by the 41 million Americans without health insurance-- a hidden cost of uninsurance that could be recouped by extending health coverage to all. This fifth in a series of six reports from the Institute of Medicine, Hidden Costs, Value Lost: Uninsurance in America, examines the consequences of being uninsured for individuals, families and communities. It is the first-ever economic analysis of the costs of uninsurance for society overall.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on June 17, 2003 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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