US proposes radical reform of Medicare

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 28 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1118

The US House of Representatives has taken the biggest step in health reform since 1965 by approving an overhaul of the government's programme that insures elderly people in the US. By an almost rigid party vote last week the House approved a reform of Medicare that will place growth limits on the programme for the first time. The bill would save $270bn (pounds sterling171000m) over the next seven years, holding growth to 6.5% a year rather than the 10% it has been running at …

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