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Medicare's Cost-Sharing: Implications for Beneficiaries

Modernizing Medicare's benefits should be concerned with both adding prescription drugs and reducing burdensome deductibles and cost-sharing that lead nine out of 10 Medicare beneficiaries to obtain supplemental insurance coverage. Medicare's cost-sharing has risen more rapidly than inflation and the incomes of beneficiaries since it was enacted in 1965, eroding the protection Medicare was designed to provide.

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Medicare's Cost-Sharing: Implications for Beneficiaries, Testimony before Committee on Ways and Means, Karen Davis, Ph.D., The Commonwealth Fund, May 2001