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Medicare’s financial problems are rooted in the program’s history-from the initial cost-estimating process through successive legislative and administrative actions to control costs. Even more important has been the persistence of several implicit national health care policies, and these are unlikely to change. Frequent readjustments of financing provisions may become a necessity.
Author(s): Irwin Wolkstein
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Volume 62, Issue 2 (pages 183–206) Published in 1984
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