The 2016 Medicare Trustees Report: Is Medicare Doomed?

(By Stuart Guterman, for Health Affairs Blog, July 12, 2016 )

The June 22 release of the annual Medicare Trustees Report has, as usual, elicited conflicting responses. Some have focused on the positive—Medicare spending per enrollee has continued to grow at a historically slow rate—while others have emphasized the negative — the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund is now projected to run out of resources in 2028, two years earlier last year’s projection. Both of these responses are legitimate, and both are incomplete representations of the situation the program faces. Read article here….

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