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US government debates Medicare coverage of prescription costs

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7202.75a (Published 10 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:75
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    The US president, Bill Clinton, is attempting to reconcile two seemingly contradictory goals with a new plan to cut the government's long term cost of providing medical insurance to elderly Americans while expanding the government's financial commitment in order to cover the costs of prescription drugs.

    The president's plan would make structural changes in the Medicare programme to encourage competition and …

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