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November 13, 1967


JAMA. 1967;202(7):57-59. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130200023004

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A statistical report on the first year of medicare shows that the program increased the percentage of government personal health expenditures from 22% to 32%.

In its first year, medicare cost about $3.2 billion of an estimated $40 billion spent on health care from July 1, 1966, to July 1, 1967. Some $12.6 billion of the total involved public funds.

In a paper prepared for the American Public Health Association's meeting in Miami Beach, Fla, Dorothy Rice of the Social Security Administration's Office of Research and Statistics presented these facts and figures on medicare:

● There were 5 million admissions to the more than 6,800 certified hospitals. This amounted to 263 admissions to short- and long-term hospitals for every 1,000 aged persons enrolled under the program. Distribution of hospital admissions per 1,000 enrollees ranged from a low of 196 in Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey, to a high of 398 in