An Analysis of Medical Savings Accounts: Do Two Wrongs Make a Right?
Medical savings accounts (MSAs), an alternative to conventional health insurance, are designed to offer individuals the opportunity to save money while providing greater economic efficiency in the medical care sector. However, this study argues that MSAs are unlikely to lead to efficient spending.
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Standards for Comparison and Judgment
Analysis of MSAs
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