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Medicare: Time for a Reality Check?

The public’s view of Medicare doesn’t match reality, according to an analysis of six polls by the New England Journal of Medicine, which says that the “wide gap in beliefs between experts on the financial state of Medicare and the public at large” could end up affecting the ongoing battle over the federal budget.

medicare pillHere are some of the chief disconnects:


How to close the perception gap? The authors of the NEJM article call for “a nonpartisan, broad-based public education campaign launched focusing on how Medicare works financially” and suggest that “discussions of the financial sustainability of Medicare … be separated from public debates over reducing budget deficits or enacting tax cuts.”


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