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This month's Visualizing Health Policy takes a look at Medicare: who is covered by Medicare; what proportion of Medicare beneficiaries use at least 1 medical service in a year; the balancing act for Medicare in setting fair payments to health care professionals and institutions and in keeping medical care affordable and sustainable; how health care spending per person is growing more slowly for Medicare than for private insurance; and how rising health care costs and a growing population pose fiscal challenges to keeping Medicare solvent in the years ahead. For a more complete view, select the PDF available in the upper right article toolbar.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation (http://www.kff.org) analysis. Original data and detailed source information are available at http://facts.kff.org/JAMA_112812.
This article was corrected for errors on November 27, 2012.
Kaiser Family Foundation*. Medicare's Role and Future Challenges. JAMA. 2012;308(20):2072. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.53860
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