As we recognize the need for single payer medicine we must keep in mind the alter-description “Improved Medicare For All”. In this context it is important not to lose sight of the goal of improving Medicare. Even though Medicare is successful and highly regarded by seniors there are things that can and should be done to achieve true universal health care. Prescription drugs can have prohibitive prices for the Medicare as well as the general population. Sanders and Veght make a good case for four important changes:
- Restore Medicare prescription drug rebates
- Allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices
- Secure better discounts to close the doughnut hole faster
- Promote cost-effective drug prescribing
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