On March 4, President George W. Bush joined American Medical Association
(AMA) President Yank D. Coble Jr, MD, to announce the latest iteration of
his administration's plans for Medicare reform.
"We're going to seize the moment to enhance reform and reach the vision
that will improve health care," said Bush at the AMA's National Advocacy Conference
in Washington, DC .
Bush's Medicare plan would give beneficiaries the option of joining
private health maintenance organizations (HMOs) or remaining in the current
fee-for-service plan. Those who stay with the current system would receive
limited assistance with prescription drug costs; the General Accounting Office
estimates those savings at $3.50 per prescription.
Vastag B. Bush Touts Medicare Plan . . .. JAMA. 2003;289(13):1625. doi:10.1001/jama.289.13.1625-a