Medical Costs and Medicare

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Impact of Medicare on Medical Costs

Coming Conference on Costs of Medical Care

Calling of a national conference on the costs of medical care, to be held in Washington on June 27 and 28, underlines the administration's deep concern over the sharp rise in this important item of family expenditure. A spokesman for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, which is planning the conference, said on May 14 that its purpose was to “focus public attention on an increasingly important problem” and prepare the way for legislative or other action to deal with that problem.

Costs of medical care have been rising steadily since World War II, but the increase in 1966 was more than twice as great as any in the preceding half-dozen years and ...

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