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Medicare to implement new preventive services

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 12 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:368
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    The Bush administration has given preventive care new emphasis in Medicare, the federal health programme for people aged over 65 years. Under a new Medicare law enacted in 2003, the number of preventive services covered by Medicare will expand, including a comprehensive physical examination for all people enrolling in the programme, to begin in 2005.

    Tommy Thompson, secretary for health and human services, said, “Medicare had it backwards, spending 99% of its resources treating seniors after they got sick and only 1% on preventing illness and promoting wellness. With the new law, we are reversing this trend and focusing more on disease prevention and management.”

    When Medicare was enacted in …

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