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Why Now Is Not the Time for Premium Support

Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, USA.
New England Journal of Medicine (Impact Factor: 54.42). 03/2012; 366(10):877-9. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1200448
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ABSTRACT The idea of a premium-support system for Medicare dates from 1995, but current proposals do not contain appropriate safeguards, and the circumstances of the U.S. health care system have changed in ways that would make the approach unwise today.

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