February 24th, 2010

Medicare Doctor Shortage Endangers Seniors’ Access to Care

By Beth Backus

National Policy Analysis
2009-2010 has seen a great national debate over the role of government in health care.  But few Americans realize just what a expansive role the government already plays in our health care system:  In 2008, government spending on health care constituted 36 percent of federal outlays, up eight percent from the previous year.1  And public financing of health care, aggregating federal, state and local programs, makes up 46 percent of U.S. health spending.

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