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GAO Issues Report on Medicare Cost Sharing

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on the cost sharing process in the Medicare fee-for-service system (original Medicare).  GAO found that Medicare uses antiquated cost sharing mechanisms that leave patients with large out-of-pocket costs.  GAO noted that Medicare could improve its cost sharing mechanisms, but that timing would be critical to successfully implementing changes.  To read the GAO report on Medicare cost sharing, use the first link below.  To read the GAO highlights of the report on Medicare cost sharing, use the second link below.  (GAO report on Medicare cost sharing)  (GAO highlights on Medicare cost sharing)