medical services

$2 Billion Tab for Medicare’s Overused Services

Posted on 05/19/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMedical services that provide little or no health benefit to older Americans cost Medicare at least $1.9 billion a year, according to a landmark new study. Researchers at Harvard University’s department of health care policy found that at least 25 percent of the more than 1.3 million Medicare beneficiaries had one or more of 26 tests and procedures that have been shown to provide scant medical value. The study is thought to be the first to measure wasteful spending by …

Are Immigrants a Drain on Medicare? The Truth May Surprise You

Posted on 05/30/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Jordan Rau, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News As Congress mulls changing America’s border and naturalization rules, a study finds that immigrant workers are helping buttress Medicare’s finances, because they contribute tens of billions a year more than immigrant retirees use in medical services. “Immigrants, particularly noncitizens, heavily subsidize Medicare,” the researchers wrote in the journal Health Affairs.  “Policies that reduce immigration would almost certainly weaken Medicare’s financial health, while an increasing flow of immigrants might bolster its sustainability.” The …