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$42 Billion: Medicare Finds Savings From Competitive Bidding

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Imagine that? Real competition instead of fake 'free-market' propaganda? Last week, the Obama Administration announced that it would drastically scale up a program that uses competitive bidding to buy medical equipment for Medicare beneficiaries. The decision was made after the results of the first year of the competitive bidding program showed that competitive bidding saved $202 million in spending in 9 metropolitan areas, reducing Medicare expenditures on durable equipment by 42 percent, without sacrificing the quality of or access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to expand the program to 100 metropolitan areas by 2013, and the entire country is expected to benefit from the program by 2016.

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