Policy Documents

Medicaid Reform

The Heartland Institute –
June 13, 2007

Between 1970 and 2002 government expenditures on health care rose by 690 percent, and if current trends hold, by the year 2050 those expenditures will account for one-third of U.S. gross domestic product.

A key driver of expenditures is Medicaid, the socialized health care system for low-income Americans administered by the states under mandate by the national government. Medicaid is now the number-one budget expenditure in every state.

The reasons behind unsustainable growth in Medicaid expenditures, and some innovative solutions for states to implement as remedy, are discussed in the enclosed Research & Commentary package, new from The Heartland Institute.