Reforming Medicare: Options, Tradeoffs, and Opportunities (A by Henry J. Aaron, Jeanne M. Lambrew

By Henry J. Aaron, Jeanne M. Lambrew

Each person has the same opinion at the have to reform Medicare yet now not on how one can do it. a few argue this system is simply too complete, others that it isn't accomplished adequate. a few recommend it can pay an excessive amount of for wellbeing and fitness care, others, too little. in the meantime, the monetary stakes proceed to mount. Medicare spending surpassed $400 billion in 2007, making it dearer than the total well-being structures of so much different countries, in addition to the biggest nationwide public application except Social defense and nationwide safeguard. In Reforming Medicare, Henry J. Aaron and Jeanne M. Lambrew deftly advisor readers via this advanced debate. They determine and examine the 3 major methods to reform. up to date social assurance may keep the present approach whereas rationalizing assurance and lowering forms. top rate help may change the present process with a capped, per-person money that beneficiaries may use to shop for medical health insurance. Consumer-directed Medicare may have beneficiaries pay for care as much as a excessive deductible from executive- supported reductions bills and provide premium-support insurance above the deductible. as well as score every one choice on its skill to advertise entry to future health care, enhance the standard of care, and keep an eye on expenses, the authors evaluation every one reform s political strengths and weaknesses. Given the warmth generated through the Medicare debate, it's not likely that any unmarried technique can be carried out in complete. for this reason, Aaron and Lambrew describe incremental innovations that mix components of every plan. Their research offers crucial perception into the categories of hybrid rules that Congress will think about in coming years.

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Medicare reform can shift the locus of these problems. It cannot eliminate them. As noted earlier, the practical question is whether private or public regulators will secure better “value for money” for taxpayers, who support most of the cost of Medicare, and for patients, who receive Medicare services. Ultimately, Congress must approve virtually every major costcontainment policy. Some argue that the growing power of particular interests in Medicare policy has precluded effective cost containment.

All in all, access to care is a large concern in Medicare because many of its beneficiaries have low income and high health care needs. Financial Access Medicare and supplemental coverage together do quite well in ensuring beneficiaries’ financial access to care. Although the Medicare benefit package in some important respects remains inferior to the health plans in which most working Americans and their dependents are enrolled, it covers most standard forms of medical care. Physician visits, lab tests, and home health are covered without limit.

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