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DUPONT SHARES CORPORATE HEALTH CARE VIEW WITH CLINTON TASK FORCE

 WILMINGTON, Del., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- DuPont (NYSE: DD) believes everyone in the United States should have access to basic health care, DuPont Chairman Edgar S. Woolard Jr. said in a letter to Hillary Rodham Clinton, chair of the Task Force on Health Care.
 "By 'basic' we mean a reasonable, comprehensive package -- not a bare minimum -- which includes preventive care to help keep costs down," Woolard said in the letter, shared with employees today. Funding would occur through a predominantly private system which obligates employers to pay for part of their employees' health care.
 His letter also conveyed to the first lady a copy of DuPont's position paper, "Health Care in the United States: A Corporate perspective."
 "As the nation's 8th largest industrial firm, our 1992 health care costs hit $530 million, or $6,600 per U.S. employee. That compares with $40 million, or $300 per U.S. employee, in 1973," he said. "If we continue in the current mode, costs will double to more than $1 billion by the year 2000.
 "The serious flaw in the current U.S. system is its failure to operate as a competitive market," he said. "Any reform plan must begin by encouraging competition based on the most economic delivery of quality health care services."
 Woolard added that DuPont views health care reform as "preeminently important to the well-being of our U.S. employees, pensioners and their survivors, as well as vitally important to our continued global competitiveness and economic viability."
 DuPont is already taking steps to reduce health care costs while maintaining quality of service. The company is moving to managed care for most U.S. employees beginning in January 1994, is expanding its prevention and wellness programs, and has made a firm commitment to continue benefits to its pensioners and survivors, who are very much a part of the DuPont Company family.
 Woolard also expressed the company's support for:
 -- Managed competition, as currently defined by the Jackson Hole Group;
 -- The Federal government, in cooperation with the private sector, defining "basic care," which would then form the basis for the tax- favored delivery of health care benefits;
 -- Users having a financial stake in the system, and paying a reasonable share of the bill; and
 -- A decentralized, broad-based systematic approach to evaluate, introduce and manage the appropriate uses of new technology, with continual research on "outcomes" [that is, the effectiveness of various treatments in curing a given disease or injury] to assure quality health care, and to deal with the malpractice issue. Also, a centralized clearing house should disseminate this information.
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