MEDICARE: Should Do More Prevention to Keep Seniors Healthy
An editorial in this week's New England Journal of Medicine argues that heightened prevention efforts should be an important component of Medicare reform, both to save money and improve seniors' health. Dr. John Rowe of Mount Sinai NYU Medical Center and Health System writes that current prevention efforts are restricted to vaccination and early screening efforts, and calls for more exercise and nutrition programs. He suggests that Medicare Part B premiums could be reduced for seniors who take advantage of these programs or who quit smoking. He concludes, "True reform would balance Medicare benefits by combining prudent purchase of health care services with robust, comprehensive initiatives to promote health and prevent disease" (3/4 issue).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.