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Access to Health Care (Health Care Reform)

Personal Responsibility

Personal responsibility with individuals having an increased financial stake in their own health status and a financial involvement in the system to include meaningful out-of-pocket expenses (such as co-payment, co-insurance, deductibles, and premium sharing). A person's financial ability to pay must be factored into such policy developments so as to not implicitly shift the financial burden to the health care delivery system. (BT Rpt J, A-01; EC Rpt F, A-02) (Reaffirmed A-17)

Employers, carriers and providers helping individuals become more aware of important variables in individual health care decisions, such as indications, costs, potential outcomes and risks. (Reaffirmed A-17)

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Abbreviations for House of Delegates report origination:

EC – Executive Committee; BT – Board of Trustees; CPA – Council on Professional Affairs; JC – Judicial Council; CHS – Community and Health Services

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