The goal of Medicare is to provide protection for elderly Americans against the financial risk associated with illness, and in the process provide beneficiaries with access to high quality care.  Our challenge is to accomplish those goals in a fiscally sustainable manner. In this article, Michael Chernew, Darius Lakdawalla, and Dana Goldman emphasize that the short-term need to address payment cuts called for by Medicare’s physician payment system should not distract from the need for broader payment reform in Medicare over the coming decades.

Source: Health Affairs Blog