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Saturday, April 19, 2014


Medicare is as useful as Linus's security blanket.


It turns out that the latest study of the effectiveness of Medicare on patient health is non-existent.  Here's the summary from the New England Journal of Medicine:

This randomized, controlled study showed that Medicaid coverage generated no significant improvements in measured physical health outcomes in the first 2 years, but it did increase use of health care services, raise rates of diabetes detection and management, lower rates of depression, and reduce financial strain.

Like a child's security blanket, it made people who had it feel better for having it.

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The study is about MEDICAID, not MEDICARE. Your headline/intro was misleading. Please do not continue to add to the confusion.
You are right.
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