This simulation needs to done in its entirety as it is an integrated experience.

Users are introduced to Medicare, and told how in the near term there will be a shortfall, so that unless something is done benefits will have to be cut. All of the policy options assessed are from bills that seek to address the Medicare shortfall. Users then evaluate options for reducing the shortfall.

Addressing the Medicare Shortfall Results
  • Whether to encourage the use of generic drugs
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  • Whether to equalize in/outpatient deductibles and set an annual cap on out-of-pocket spending
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  • Whether to raise eligibility age (0ptions)
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  • Whether to reduce payments to drug companies by 17%
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  • Whether to reduce payments to hospitals to equalize with doctor’s offices
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  • Whether to increase Medicare payroll tax rate
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  • Whether to increase standard Medicare premiums
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  • Whether to increase Medicare premiums for higher earners
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  • Whether to limit medical malpractice suits
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  • Whether to lower Medicare’s subsidy to teaching hospitals
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  • Whether to limit how much Medigap can cover
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Final recommendations are calculated in an integrated spread sheet, allowing respondents to receive instant feedback about the impact of their choices on the Medicare shortfall.