Raising Women’s Voices

Book Review: Reforming Medicare: Options, Tradeoffs, and Opportunities

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on January 15, 2009

Bruce C. Vladeck’s book review, “Assume A Can Opener” delves into the issues related to Medicare Policy.   Lambrew and Aaron’s book offers a succinct overview of Medicare and Medicare policy, as well as option for Medicare reform, which include: (1) “updated social insurance”; (2) “premium support”; and (3) “consumer-directed Medicare”.
Although private plans can provide benefits to those receiving Medicare, research suggests that these plans are not necessarily capable of saving money.
The authors note that health care costs are about market power and the distribution of monopoly rents, and that Medicare’s long-term financial problems cannot be solved simply by reducing costs.

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