Will the First Medicare Generation Be the Last?
Hastings Center Report. 1984 Jun; 14(3): 17.
The Medicare program, considered the most successful and most popular of the legacies of the Great Society, is described as threatened by government policy and by a surprisingly broad transformation in public attitudes fueled by economic concerns. Even some gerontologists are beginning to question the desirability of age-based entitlement programs, and a report by the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research seems to view Medicare coverage without regard to need as ethically nonobligatory. The author expresses the concern that changes under consideration for Medicare will once again subject elderly Americans to the fear of potential financial devastation brought on by illness. (KIE abstract)
Aged; Attitudes; Behavioral Research; Diagnosis; Economics; Financial Support; Government; Government Financing; Government Policy; Health; Health Care; Health Insurance; Insurance; Illness; Medicine; Obligations of Society; Public Opinion; Public Policy; Remuneration; Research; Resource Allocation; Social Impact;