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Getting Better Value from Medicare

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Publication Date: September 2008

Publisher(s): Century Foundation

Author(s): Maggie Mahar

Special Collection: Presidential Advisory

Topic: Health (Health care financing)
Health (Quality of health care)
Health (Health care planning)

Keywords: Medicare; Health Care; Presidential transition

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In "Getting Better Value from Medicare," The Century Foundation fellow and HealthBeat Blog editor Maggie Mahar points out that past proposals for containing Medicare' s costs, such as putting a cap on physicians' fees or requiring beneficiaries to pay more for their care, have not worked. She calls for a fundamental set of reforms that would not only save money but also improve the quality of care that beneficiaries receive.