Older Americans Were Sicker And Faced More Financial Barriers To Health Care Than Counterparts In Other Countries

Health care systems across highincome countries share the challenge of an aging population with unprecedented levels of chronic illness.1 Often these older adults are living with frailty, advanced illness, or diminished ability to manage the basic activities of daily living, such as preparing meals, bathing, or managing one’s medications. Across countries, health care spending is […]

Why America Needs Foreign Medical Graduates

As our recent eight-nation bracket tournament showed, many people think the United States health care system has a lot of problems. So it seems reasonable to think of policy changes that make things better, not worse. Making it harder for immigrants to come here to practice medicine would fail that test. The American system relies to a […]

Medicare for All? First, Make Medicare Great Again.

The political momentum on the left for Medicare for All, fueled by Republicans’ dramatic failure to repeal Obamacare, has been tempered lately by an attack of the piecemeals. Some liberals are warning that the political hurdles for government-provided health care cannot be surmounted at once—that advances must ushered in slowly and incrementally, to minimize disruption. […]

The Affordable Care Act, Medicare Costs, and Retirement Security

The brief’s key findings are: The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) included roughly 165 provisions to improve Medicare’s finances. The Medicare Trustees Report, which reflects the ACA provisions, shows dramatically lower cost projections for Medicare in the future. The Medicare actuaries also produce alternative projections assuming that the legislated restraints on growth in payments to health providers are […]