Medicare Changes Can Complement Health Reform
Publication Date: July 2008
Author(s): Paul N. Van de Water
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Economic projections; Health care costs; Health insurance; Federal budget
The U.S. health care system faces well known problems. At the same time, Medicare confronts major financial challenges and leaves big gaps in benefit protection. Changes to Medicare, if properly designed, can complement system-wide health care reform and the two should be pursued simultaneously.