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The Economics of Medicare Reform


  • Andrew J. Rettenmaier

    (Texas A & M University)

  • Thomas R. Saving

    (Texas A & M University)


Rettenmaier and Saving propose a means for preserving Medicare as we know it. After detailing the reasons for Medicare's financial troubles, they present a cohort-based financing plan for Medicare that represents a fundamental departure from the generation transfer method currently used.

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  • Andrew J. Rettenmaier & Thomas R. Saving, 2000. "The Economics of Medicare Reform," Books from Upjohn Press, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, number emr, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:upj:ubooks:emr Note: PDF is the book's first chapter.

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    1. Cromwell, Jerry & Hurdle, Sylvia & Wedig, Gerard, 1986. "Impacts of Economic and Programmatic Changes on Medicaid Enrollments," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 68(2), pages 232-240, May.
    2. Parsons, Donald O, 1991. "Self-Screening in Targeted Public Transfer Programs," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 99(4), pages 859-876, August.
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    medicare; financing; cohort-based financing;

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    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health


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