Medicare’s Role and Future Challenges

JAMA: 11/28/12

This month’s Visualizing Health Policy takes a look at Medicare: who is covered by Medicare; what proportion of Medicare beneficiaries use at least 1 medical service in a year; the balancing act for Medicare in setting fair payments to health care professionals and institutions and in keeping medical care affordable and sustainable; how health care spending per person is growing more slowly for Medicare than for private insurance; and how rising health care costs and a growing population pose fiscal challenges to keeping Medicare solvent in the years ahead. For a more complete view, select the PDF available in the upper right article toolbar.Read More