Demand to Let Medicare Use Its Full Purchasing Power
The program has the power to drive down costs. It must be free to use it.
The Medicare program, controlled by the federal government, is the country’s largest purchaser of health care services. Yet, in critical ways, Medicare is prohibited from using its purchasing power. For example, Medicare cannot negotiate directly with drug companies over prices, or use competitive bidding for many services and supplies. This results in higher costs for everyone – not just those on Medicare.
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