Kaiser Family Foundation Medicare options
January 31, 2013 1 Comment
Kaiser is the best source of basic information on health policy around, so their new compilation of 150 “Policy Options to Sustain Medicare for the Future” is a must read/great resource. If you are a big health policy type it will be mostly familiar territory, but they have pulled many items together in one place. Here are two figures that provide a useful context to the ongoing debate about Medicare’s future (from page viii and ix, respectively).
I will blog on some of these options over the next few weeks. Note: keep in mind that if a given amount of health care spending that is planned doesn’t accrue to Medicare’s balance sheet, then either it goes away (less payment to providers and/or less care provided, per capita) OR it is shifted to another payer.