Policy Documents

How Congress Can Restore the Freedom of Senior Citizens to Make Private Agreements with Their Doctors

Robert E. Moffit –
August 3, 1998

Senior citizens and their physicians in the United States have less personal freedom to engage in private contractual relationships than their counterparts enrolled in the British National Health Service, one of the world's best known systems of socialized medicine.

Congress should curtail the excesses of the Medicare bureaucracy and fix what is clearly broken.  Lawmakers should make sure that doctors and patients in Medicare enjoy at least the same professional flexibility and personal freedom that their fellow citizens enjoy.