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Medicare is a health insurance program administered by the federal government for the elderly.  It was created in 1965 as part of the Social Security Act and is financed by a separate tax on wages.

Medicare is available to citizens over the age of 64 and those with some disabilities.  It presently covers tens of millions of Americans and has become a major federal government budget item with out-of-control growth.  Both Part A and Part B are funded from the U.S. Government's general fund but Part B also receives some payments that are deducted from covered retirees social security checks.

There are two parts to Medicare.  Part A covers hospital visits and Part B covers doctor's visits and related services.  Both parts contain deductibles and requires co-pays from the insured.  Some insurance companies offer private insurance policies to fill in the gaps omitted by Medicare.

Medicare pays physicians for their services based upon the Resource-Based Relative Value Scale.  Doctors often complain that Medicare payments do not reflect the market rate for services and some may not be willing to discount their services.

Fraudulent services continue to plague the Medicare system.  Some doctors and hospitals have defrauded the system by claiming payment for services not performed.  It is estimated that fraudulent claims are costing Medicare (and us taxpayers) tens of billions of dollars.


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