Choice

The Public Policy

Medicaid Freedom of Choice

By and From the June 2012 issue

Perhaps the most arresting way to illustrate the breakdown of Medicaid is to explain how a 12-year-old Maryland boy died of a toothache.

Medicaid, the national entitlement program for the poor, is supposed to ensure that no one suffers without essential health care for lack of money. But because the program pays doctors and hospitals only about 60 percent of what they normally charge, Medicaid patients face grave difficulties obtaining timely and essential care, and suffer worse health outcomes as a result.

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Feature

A Time for Choosing

By From the May 2012 issue

Better that we become a nation of choosers rather than beggars. An introduction to our special symposium.
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