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Book and Media Reviews
October 3, 2007

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Medicare

JAMA. 2007;298(13):1569-1574. doi:10.1001/jama.298.13.1569-a

This book is of interest to health care policy makers as well as physicians who seek to better understand the crisis in Medicare funding and its potential solutions. The book will be useful background to anyone who wants to explain the crisis in understandable terms to consumers, patients, or one's own family. Andrew Rettenmaier and Thomas Saving, of the Washington think tank the American Enterprise Institute, are economists who have precisely spelled out for laymen why Medicare funding, as we know it, is unsustainable. Saving also speaks with the authority of serving as a public trustee of the Social Security system.