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Medicare Changes Can Complement Health Reform

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Publication Date: July 2008

Publisher(s): Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Paul N. Van de Water

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Health (Health care planning)

Keywords: Economic projections; Health care costs; Health insurance; Federal budget

Type: Report

Abstract:

The U.S. health care system faces well known problems. At the same time, Medicare conĀ­fronts 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.