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Almost a million elderly people seek new insurance cover

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 05 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:322
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    Nearly one million elderly and disabled patients enrolled in Medicare plans associated with health maintenance organisations will have to scramble for new insurance coverage in 2001.

    More than 100 health maintenance organisations have recently declared that they will no longer enrol patients whose bills are paid by Medicare because Medicare does not reimburse them adequately.

    This means that 260 health maintenance organisations are dropping Medicare from their plans from 1 January 2001, affecting 934 000 recipients.

    About 6.2 million elderly people (16% of all Medicare patients) are enrolled in Medicare …

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