Medicare hospital fees will be frozen

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 01 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:323
  1. Debbie Josefson
  1. Norwalk, Connecticut

    A United States federal advisory panel has recommended that Congress freeze Medicare payments to hospitals at their current rates. If the “zero update” plan from the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission is accepted it would be the first time that Medicare reimbursement rates have been frozen.

    Medicare is the federally funded healthcare plan that provides basic medical insurance to 38 million elderly and disabled people in the United States. It is important in the US healthcare system–nationwide it pays …

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