Medicare trustees call for spending curbs

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 15 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:961

Trustees for the US's federally funded health care programme for elderly people, Medicare, have warned of a potential financial crisis. The board of six trustees for the hospital insurance (HI) programme says that, unless spending is curbed, money to pay hospital bills for elderly people will run out by the year 2002.

Medicare covers hospital admissions (part A) and doctor visits (part B). Under Medicare the cost of hospital inpatient care for 37 million people is expected to reach $176000m …

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