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  Publicly funded medicine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Proponents of publicly funded medicine cite several advantages: universal access to health care, equality in matters of life and death, the reduction of paperwork and overhead expenses associated with multiple private health insurance schemes, and the creation of uniform standards of care.
Medicare is a federal government program providing coverage to people age 65 or older.
Other states, while not attempting to insure all of their residents, cover large numbers of people by reimbursing hospitals and other health-care providers using what is generally characterized as a charity care scheme; New Jersey is perhaps the best example of a state that employs the latter strategy.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Universal_medicare   (3600 words)

 Support Universal Medicare   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Medicare is the most important health care program in the history of our county.
Medicare can and should be offered to younger and younger age groups so the next generations of Americans can benefit from it as soon as possible.
The promise of Medicare, when it was created in 1965, was that it would be used as a core government program which would be expanded or added on to, including larger segments of the population.
www.uhcan.org /files/archive_new/unimed.html   (1455 words)

 Universal medicare   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Universal medicare is the concept or practice of providing medical care to all members of a society, regardless of socio-economic standing.
Canada's Tommy Douglas is known as the Canadian father of medicare.
Saskatchewan CCF government extended this to all physician services in 1960, creating the first universal medicare program in Canada.
www.encyclopedia-1.com /u/un/universal_medicare.html   (97 words)

 Is Medicare Universal?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Universal benefits and services are benefits available to everyone as a right, or at least to whole categories of people (for example 'the aged').
The intention behind the provision of universal welfare services is that they are accessible to everyone (usually on the basis of citizenship within a nation state) on the same terms.
This contradicts the original intention of Medicare; it was first and foremost designed as a universal and institutionalised health insurance system where individual and population health and the risks associated with ill health were seen as collective risks that should be collectively insured against.
www.aph.gov.au /library/pubs/rn/2002-03/03rn37.htm   (1575 words)

 NursingWorld | Reading Room: Health Coverage 2000 Proposal: Achieving Access for All Americans   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Universal Medicare benefits would be based on an expansion of existing Medicare benefits to include a focus on preventive services and the inclusion of an outpatient prescription drug benefit.
ANA's proposal for a Universal Medicare program draws on that position as a basis for establishing access to health care for all Americans and for initiating dialogue and discussion among all those who are committed to the principle of ensuring access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans.
Medicare is an institution that was enacted in response to the needs of vulnerable Americans and that has been continually reshaped by the health care needs and experiences of the millions of Americans who are served by it.
www.nursingworld.org /readroom/rwjpaper.htm   (5312 words)

 Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Editorial / Opinion / Op-ed / The rush to kill Medicare   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
THE BUSH administration's Medicare bill is a calculated first step toward ending universal Medicare in favor of vouchers.
However, past experiments with Medicare HMOs demonstrate that they are far less efficient than public Medicare and leave government holding the bag for the sickest patients.
Medicare works because it is a universal insurance pool.
www.boston.com /news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2003/11/19/the_rush_to_kill_medicare   (783 words)

 Medicare goes on trial in the Supreme Court of Canada
After enduring endless cutbacks and attacks over the past decade, the country's national public health care system is now being challenged in a case that essentially asks the courts to declare that people with money have a right to buy their way to the front of the line.
Among groups appearing to defend the country's public, universal medicare system is the Canadian Labour Congress, speaking on behalf of the labour movement across the country.
The case is one of two before the courts that could affect the future of universal medicare.
www.nupge.ca /news_2004/n10jn04a.htm   (419 words)

 Medicare 'an article of faith'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
The initial challenge is tackling the medical indemnity problem but strengthening Medicare so that everyone has reasonable, affordable access to a local doctor is my greatest priority.
The three pillars of Medicare are a universal Medicare rebate for doctors' services, a universal Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and universal access to free public hospital care.
Medicare is universal medical insurance providing high quality, affordable health care, not free trips to the doctor.
www.globalaging.org /pension/world/faith.htm   (572 words)

 UHCAN California Archive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Medicare is a well-run social insurance program that provides high quality, affordable health care services to over 39 million senior citizens, disabled and renal patients.
The promise of Medicare, when it was created in 1965, was that it would be a core government program to be expanded to include larger segments of the population.
Medicare was to be the cornerstone for universal coverage.
www.uhcan.org /files/states/archive/california-archive.html   (2716 words)

 Democratic Leader Daschle's Letter to the President Regarding Medicare
Other Medicare beneficiaries would be offered the option to purchase -- in return for an excessive premium -- private insurance limited to cover high catastrophic drug costs.
This is why Medicare, and Social Security before it, were enacted as universal programs available to all seniors rather than welfare programs available only to the poor.
Medicare and Social Security demonstrate America's collective commitment to the values of respect for and gratitude to our parents and grandparents.
democrats.senate.gov /~dpc/releases/2002C27656.html   (662 words)

 Centrists.Org - Issue Summary: Universal Health Covergae
Medicare-for-all proposals are politically dead primarily due to the fact that Medicare’s claim to greater efficiency than private coverage has been refuted by the public realization that Medicare needs to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to modernize its benefits, especially for prescription drugs.
Medicare buy-in proposals are popular because, in the absence of more widespread purchasing pools for employees of small business and early retirees, people over 55 but not yet eligible for Medicare face the highest premiums.
Some Medicare “buy-in” proposals claim to cost nothing over long periods of time, or be “budget neutral” in the long run, because they would force enrollees in the buy-in program to pay the government back for the cost of adverse selection, either determined individually or collectively among all the buy-in participants.
www.centrists.org /issue_summaries/health_universal.html   (5274 words)

 Americans For Democratic Action and ADA Ed. Fund
ADA has been committed to a national health system since 1972 and continues to promote federally supported, universal, comprehensive health coverage, specifically a single payer national health system which is population based and extends across state lines.
We believe that the expansion of Medicare to all children offers a singular opportunity to provide quality care to a significant portion of the population and substantially reduce the long-term cost of health care.
The case for universal health care for children and women seeking prenatal care is both clear and compelling as well as an idea whose time has come.
www.adaction.org /pubs/173medicarekids.html   (449 words)

 eMJA: Leeder & McAuley, The future of Medicare and health service financing
That would indicate an on/off sequence for Medicare, much as we have seen in the past 25 years, and this has not been totally related to which side of politics is in power.
During the 1990s, however, there was political pressure within both parties to redefine Medicare, in particular as regards access to public hospitals, as a charity system for the old and indigent.
Because the basic principles of Medicare are not regularly articulated, Medicare becomes pliable to the fashions of government policy and subject to expedient interventions to solve real or perceived problems.
www.mja.com.au /public/issues/173_01_030700/leeder/leeder.html   (2728 words)

 NursingWorld | AJN: 2000: January: Issues Update: Nursing International   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Medicare is an American institution, and the ANA believes that a U.S.-style system of seamless, universal health care coverage would be the most successful.
It provides a way to build on Medicare’s success as an efficient and effective means of providing coverage to a large segment of the population that has diverse health care needs.
Medicare beneficiaries are entitled to specific health care services based on the program’s benefits structure and on the beneficiary’s need of specific services—not on the limitations of a set contribution amount.
www.nursingworld.org /AJN/2000/APR/Issues.htm   (1219 words)

 The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Democrats :: The Public Record   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
All seniors are subject to the high cost of prescription drugs, and until we create a universal drug benefit, any senior is at risk of becoming low-income after spending all of his or her spare resources on needed medications.
All the President’s proposals concerning prescription drugs and Medicare are temporary measures designed to be implemented while Congress deliberates a universal drug benefit.
However, instead of creating a Medicare prescription drug benefit for all seniors, the President’s budget proposes increasing payments to managed care plans so that they can provide drugs to the 15 percent of seniors enrolled in them.
www.house.gov /commerce_democrats/press/107st102.shtml   (490 words)

 UAFC - About the Company   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Universal American Financial Corp. ("Universal American") is a specialty health and life insurance holding company, with an emphasis on providing a broad array of health insurance and managed care products and services to the growing senior population.
In the past ten years, Universal American has become a leading provider of Medicare Supplement coverage as well as other products designed for the senior market.
Universal American also sells specialty health insurance to self-employed individuals in the United States and Canada, as well as life insurance and fixed annuities.
www.uafc.com /the_company   (358 words)

 Redesigning Medicare: Access Considerations for Rural Beneficiaries and Health Systems   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
On average, Medicare beneficiaries in nonmetropolitan counties are frailer and poorer than those in metropolitan counties (Coburn and Bolda, 1999).
Rural Medicare beneficiaries, in particular, are less likely than their urban counterparts to have supplemental Medigap coverage or coverage for prescription drugs (Coburn and Bolda, 1999).
To reach access goals, Medicare redesign should support alternative forms of service delivery (telemedicine, use of mid-levels, etc.) in places that do not have the population base to support delivery models that are found in urban areas.
www.rupri.org /publications/archive/reports/Monograph/cobsli.html   (3919 words)

In 1961, Tommy Douglas changed the lives of every Canadian when he legislated the first universal medicare in North America: doctors would be paid by the government, allowing the poorest of people to get the medical attention they needed.
Despite a dramatic 23 day strike by doctors in 1962, universal medicare lives on.
Universal Medicare was only one of the many things he did to help improve the lives of Canadians.
www.geocities.com /willreid/Page18.html   (109 words)

 Sept 30   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Those who believe we in Canada actually have universal medicare are sadly and inexplicably mistaken.
Among those who have failed to provide universal healthcare however we might expect to see a rise in suicide rates due to guilt for having failed to accomplish true universal medicare, or even adequate access to the system as it currently exists!
I guess universal access to universal healthcare is another whole story too.
www.angelfire.com /sk2/politickle/SIFeb06.html   (486 words)

 pres drug ad 10-3-00
Governor Bush’s plan is not a Medicare benefit; it subsidizes insurance companies, does not guarantee coverage for seniors, and would only help seniors making less than $14,500 a year.
To Governor Bush, Dick Armey, and Newt Gingrich, Medicare is not a lifeline for the 39 million seniors who rely on it for their health care needs; it is just another bureaucracy, a government run HMO.
They deserve leaders committed to protecting Medicare, not politicians who refer to cutting $270 billion from it an act of “courage” that is to be “heralded.” They deserve an open and honest debate about the candidates’ prescription drug proposals, not deceptive and deceitful attack ads.
www.house.gov /delauro/press/2000/pres_drug_ad_10-3-00.html   (684 words)

 The Battle for Universal Medicare   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Saskatchewan had established universal medicare in 1962, when, despite the bitter opposition of doctors, Premier T.C. "Tommy" Douglas introduced a complete medicare program that allowed people to seek treatment without paying directly out of their own pockets.
Medicare and Social Welfare: Tommy Douglas and the NDP (CBC Archives)
Since 1966, the system of universal medicare has undergone many changes and continues to be an issue that dominates the headlines.
www.saskschools.ca /curr_content/history-30/module3/activity6c_3.html   (304 words)

 Committee on Ways and Means, Full Committee, 4-17-02 Testimony
Second, a Medicare prescription drug benefit should be meaningful and affordable to both beneficiaries and taxpayers.
We recognize that the Congress may not be able to afford the same level of benefits that many leading corporations provide to their beneficiaries, but it should provide a much-needed floor of protection.
Or, alternatively, Medicare should provide these entities with direct financial subsidies that are equivalent to the value of the underlying Medicare benefit.
waysandmeans.house.gov /Legacy/fullcomm/107cong/4-17-02/4-17brad.htm   (1518 words)

 Welcome to Universal Health Care Inc.
Managed care plan expands to include Medicare beneficiaries in 4 counties in Tallahassee, Fla. area
"Medicare Masterpiece" is Universal Health Care's innovative Medicare program, a 'Medicare + Choice' plan that is an alternative to traditional Medicare coverage.
The Plans are designed to provide individuals and their families with all the advantages of Universal Health Care's programs in a cost-effective and efficient managed care setting.
www.univhc.com   (174 words)

 NCPA - DebatesDebates - #409 Should Medicare Pay for Prescriptions?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Not Medicare beneficiaries because of all of the HCFA rules that are written.
Now Medicare right now—by you I mean the government—right now we have this problem in Medicare that Medicare pays hospitals essentially the same rate, no matter how sick or well the patient in the hospital.
The vast majority of elderly Americans are extremely supportive of Medicare, because it gives them choices, because it doesn’t waste their money, because it doesn’t tell them they can’t have coverage because they were once sick.
www.ncpa.org /video/trans/409.html   (9282 words)

 Medicare Archives
Other Medicare managed care plans and private fee-for-service plans that operate in the same area as your non-renewing plan are required to be open to accept new enrollments during a Special Election Period.
Medicare would save taxpayers and patients $47 million a year if it bought a widely used asthma drug from the local Wal-Mart or Drug Emporium instead of paying the pharmaceutical industry sticker price according to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Medicare Part B premium stayed at the 1999 rate of $45.50 in 2000, but is expected to rise to $46.50 in 2001.
www.tscl.org /MedicareArchives.asp   (7106 words)

 Supports Universal Medicare Rx Drug Benefit   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
This population is most at risk of being unable to fill needed prescriptions and least likely to have other forms of assistance for meeting their prescription drug needs.
This is a bad precedent, threatens the universality of the program, creates insolvable administrative problems, and is likely to cause the States to cutback on the quality and quantity of their Medicaid benefits.
We believe it is important to reject the House low-income subsidies because they do not help low-income beneficiaries meet prescription drug costs in the so-called doughnut (between $2,000 and $4,900 of prescription drug costs), deny help to millions because of the low asset test, and essentially phase out help at 135 percent of poverty.
www.lcao.org /legagenda/medicareSept15_2003.htm   (404 words)

 H.R. 186 - Medicare Universal Product Number Act of 2001
H. To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require universal product numbers on claims forms submitted for reimbursement for durable medical equipment and other items under the Medicare Program.
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require universal product numbers on claims forms submitted for reimbursement for durable medical equipment and other items under the Medicare Program.
This Act may be cited as the `Medicare Universal Product Number Act of 2001'.
www.theorator.com /bills107/hr186.html   (564 words)

 DesMoinesRegister.com | Politics
In a recent Iowa Poll, respondents said Medicare and prescription drugs are two important issues in the upcoming campaign.
I will fight to include citizens age 55 and up to be able to pay an affordable premium and buy in early to Medicare because millions are uninsured.
Nussle: "A prescription drug benefit needs to be a part of the Medicare system and Medicare needs to be re-vamped for the present and future.
desmoinesregister.com /extras/politics/c2k/grid-district2.html   (433 words)

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