Trends in Medicare expenditures and financial status, 1966-2000.
Foster, Richard S
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In this article, the author reviews expenditure growth trends over Medicare's 35-year history and comments on how the program's
long-range financial outlook has changed over time. The author focuses on the various legislative, economic, and demographic
factors that have affected expenditure growth and financial status. In addition, Medicare's share of total U.S. health costs
is briefly reviewed. In an appended comment, the author considers whether the impact of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA)
was greater than intended by Congress and the Administration. The author concludes with a plea for greater attention to correcting
the projected long-range deficits for the Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust Fund.
Health Expenditures : Medicare : Aged : Financial Management/trends : Government : Insurance/economics : United States : United
States Health Care Financing Administration