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Clinton fires latest salvo in Medicare drug benefit war

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 22 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1093
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    President Clinton is trying to extend the Medicare programme in the United States so that it partially covers the high cost of prescription drugs. Elderly people are spending an increasing proportion of their incomes on drugs, and the problem has become a hot political issue.

    President Clinton's plan, which has yet to become law, would give Medicare beneficiaries the option to buy a prescription drug benefit that would …

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