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Senior citizens to get part of drug costs paid under new plan

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 19 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1351
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    The US Senate seems ready to approve a Medicare package, worth $400bn (£239bn; €338bn), that would promise partial coverage for prescription drugs for Medicare patients. The plan also envisages a new network of privately run comprehensive health plans that would compete with the government in providing coverage for medical services for older people.

    Both the House and the Senate are currently considering plans to add a drug benefit for the 39 million senior citizens currently enrolled in Medicare, the public health insurance system that pays for most of the medical costs for American senior citizens.

    So far, law makers in the Senate seem to stop short of adopting an original proposal that would have steered more beneficiaries towards privately run managed care plans so that they could …

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