Medicare and the Free Market

Medicare and the Free Market

This election year, both political parties are promising to transform the way government pays for and delivers medical services. But beneath pledges to increase efficiency and cut costs, reformers confront a host of interest groups, from...

This election year, both political parties are promising to transform the way government pays for and delivers medical services. But beneath pledges to increase efficiency and cut costs, reformers confront a host of interest groups, from vendors to patients. We look at how Medicare pays for essential equipment, from wheelchairs to bottled oxygen, and why critics say the system needs reform.

Guests

Julie Rovner

Health Policy Correspondent for NPR

Alec Vachon

D.C. consultant and former Republican staffer on the Senate Finance Committee

Cara Bachenheimer

Senior Vice President of Government Relations for Invacare

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