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Controlling our structural budget deficits will require major changes in budget policy.
Most Medicaid dollars are spent on disabled and elderly beneficiaries, whose incomes and financial resources are low enough to qualify for the program.
Who Pays For Medicare?
The United States healthcare system is the most expensive in the world, and our healthcare costs are projected to keep rising. Despite these high costs, our health outcomes are generally no better than those of our peers, and in some cases are worse.
The 2014 Trustees Reports make clear that essential programs, like Social Security and Medicare, are on an unsustainable path.
A new organization established by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, announced three major initiatives to advance the Center’s mission to transform U.S. healthcare into a high-performance system that delivers high-quality care at a lower cost.
The Peterson Foundation has prepared analysis based on those reports, illustrating the key data points with pertinent chart information.
This budget explainer describes what Medicaid is, how it is financed, and who benefits from it.
Our most popular charts from 2016 illustrate the nation's fiscal challenges in areas like defense spending, healthcare, and tax reform.