Brief Health Care Quality: At What Cost?
Len Nichols
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The author examines the issues surrounding the challenges inherent in maintaining a high level of quality in health care while containing costs in public programs and trying to strike the right balance in monitoring and regulating the quality of health care in the private sector. He reviews the growth in both enrollments and expenditures in Medicare and Medicaid; discusses the competitive environment ushered in by Medicare payment reforms; and comments on subsidizing care for the uninsured. The paper concludes with a discussion on quality-cost trade-offs and the limits of quality measures.
Research Areas Health and health care Aging and retirement
Tags Health insurance Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program  Medicare Medicare and private health insurance