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January 24, 2008 9:48 AM

Workers' Compensation medical benefits continue to be up for grabs as the US Presidential Primaries continue. The problematic medical compensation delivery system continues to provide little cost containment, high administrative costs and continues to drain the system by endless delay hampering the delivery of effective medical care.

A recent survey article in the New England Journal Medicine, baes on a Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health review, crystallizes the political future of universal health care based upon present perceptions and future solutions. The review article analyzes multiple surveys and concludes that while polarization continues in many areas there are common grounds. It are those similarities that will define the future of medical care in the US.

While both Democrats (79%) and Republicans (52%) agree that the nation's health care system is "poor," they both Democrats (46%) and Republicans (28%) agree that it does not need to be completely rebuilt.

Both parties content that the failure to health insurance is a serious problem, Democrats (94%) and Republicans (55%) and the overwhelming majority of both parties feel that employers should not bear the responsibility for medical care, Democrats (19%) and Republicans (19%). The issue over the implementation of a universal coverage program seems to be split consistently along party lines, Democrats (79%) and Republicans (53%).

Interestingly enough very few surveyed wish to reduce Federal government programs, Democrats (5%) and Republicans (12%) which implies that a shift to a more efficient and effective Federal universal system would be warranted. Incorporating workers' compensation medical benefits into such a universally designed system would appear to be the direction where things are headed.

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