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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.

Publication Details

Publication Date: May 1, 2001
Author: Karen Davis

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



Professor Emerita in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health