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B. Rick Mayes

In: Guide to U.S. Health and Health Care Policy

Chapter 17: Strategies for Health Care Cost Containment (1980s–Present)

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Strategies for Health Care Cost Containment (1980s–Present)
Strategies for health care cost containment (1980s–present)
B. RickMayes

The biggest and most intense battle in the U.S. health care system during the past three decades has been over two interrelated questions: first, who will control the manner in which medical care is paid for, and, second, how much will it cost? Many health care experts believe that Medicare's efforts at cost control, primarily in the form of the program's seminal transition to and continual modification of prospective payment of health care providers, has both triggered and repeatedly intensified the economic restructuring of the U.S. health care system. Medicare is an almost $600 billion public health insurance program for individuals sixty-five years of age and older; individuals under sixty-five with ...

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