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The Underused Benefit: Medicare's Coverage of Nursing Home Care

Judith Feder and William Scanlon
The Milbank Memorial Fund Quarterly. Health and Society
Vol. 60, No. 4 (Autumn, 1982), pp. 604-632
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Milbank Memorial Fund
DOI: 10.2307/3349693
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3349693
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The Underused Benefit: Medicare's Coverage of Nursing Home Care
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Abstract

Medicare covers only a narrowly defined portion of nursing home care. Its beneficiaries are dependent on an industry oriented toward other patients, thereby forcing Medicare to forgo both intended access and savings. Solutions to problems of disparate availability under a federal program require changes in federal policy and administration.

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