Health

Explaining the Growth of Medicare: Part I
Utilization of medical care has risen dramatically since Medicare began in 1965. That year, health expenditures accounted for 5.7 percent of the nation's output.
Health Insurance: How Much Does It Matter?
Two recent reports associate lack of health insurance coverage with less access to health care services and worse health outcomes. One study is written by Jack Hadley of the Urban Institute and publis…
The Bush Health Agenda - Part I: Strengthening Employer-Provided Health Insurance

Almost 40 million Americans go without health insurance coverage for an entire year, and as many as 20 million others are without health insurance coverage during some part of the year.

The Bush Health Agenda - Part II: Tax Credits for the Uninsured
Current federal law includes a number of tax incentives that encourage Americans to obtain health insurance. Employer-provided health insurance and employer reimbursements for medical care are general…
The Case against Mental Health Parity, Part III: Does the Care Really Work?
No one doubts that there has been a major scientific breakthrough in the use of drugs to treat the seriously mentally ill. The discovery of atypical antipsychotic drugs makes it possible for schizophr…
The Case against Mental Health Parity, Part I: Faulty Assumptions
Advocates of mental health parity assume that all health care should be paid for in the same way. Federal law already requires that any cap on private health insurance benefits (e.g., a limit on the a…
Explaining the Growth of Medicare: Part II

Utilization of medical care has risen dramatically since Medicare began in 1965. In that year, health expenditures accounted for 5.7 percent of the nation’s output.

Prescription Drugs for Seniors
Medicare currently pays only five percent of the cost of prescription drugs used by Medicare beneficiaries. Proposals to add a comprehensive prescription drug benefit to the program could shift as muc…



 
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