The Medicare Cost Cutting: While System Design Is A Political Football, New Models For Management Of Consumers With Chronic Conditions Gain Steam What to do with Medicare costs? Medicare spending grew 6.2% to $554.3 billion in 2011, or 21% of total national health expenditures (NHE) (see NHE Fact Sheet). For obvious reasons, Medicare is, with Social Security, often referred to as a "third rail" in American politics – essentially an untouchable topic. That said, the debate about Medicare . . .
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