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Confronting Challenges in the US Health Care SystemPotential Opportunity in a Time of Crisis

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The sheer number of challenges facing the Biden Administration and the 117th Congress in the health policy sphere is staggering, as is the range of potential solutions offered by the authors of the Viewpoints in the JAMA Health Policy series.1 The most pressing challenges involve addressing the global COVID-19 pandemic. Yet policy makers would be remiss if they did not leverage this opportunity to also address the fundamental problems with the US health system laid bare by the nation’s response to the pandemic. These include major challenges related to health insurance coverage, the solvency of publicly funded programs, the stability of the health care safety net, market power and consolidation, inequities in health care access and outcomes, public health infrastructure, and the failure to effectively use technology to help counteract these problems.

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Article Information

Correction: This article was updated on June 7, 2021, to correct the spelling of Dr Venkataramani’s name in the fifth paragraph.

Corresponding Author: Melinda B. Buntin, PhD, Department of Health Policy, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 2525 West End Ave, Ste 1200, Nashville, TN 37203 (melinda.buntin@vumc.org).

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Buntin reported being an unpaid board member of the Harvard Medical Faculty Practice in Boston, Massachusetts.

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