Meeting enrollees' needs: How do medicare and employer coverage stack up?

Karen Davis, Stuart Guterman, Michelle M. Doty, Kristof M. Stremikis

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Abstract

One key issue in health reform concerns the relative roles of coverage offered through private insurance and public programs. This paper compares the experiences of aged Medicare beneficiaries with those of people under age sixty-five who have private employer coverage. Compared with the employer-coverage group, people in the Medicare group report fewer problems obtaining medical care, less financial hardship due to medical bills, and higher overall satisfaction with their coverage. Although access and bill payment problems increased across the board from 2001 to 2007, the gap between Medicare and private employer coverage widened.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)w521-w532
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

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  • Health Policy

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