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Bush proposes Medicare reform in “state of the union” address

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 08 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:304
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    President Bush in his annual address on the state of the union last week made health care his second goal after tax cuts.

    He said, “Instead of bureaucrats, and trial lawyers, and HMOs [health maintenance organisations], we must put doctors, and nurses, and patients back in charge of American medicine. Healthcare reform must begin with Medicare, because Medicare is the binding commitment of a caring society. We must renew that commitment by giving seniors access to the preventive medicine and new drugs that are transforming health care in …

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