Center for Health Policy and Research; Meyers Primary Care Institute; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Medical Subject Headings
Health and Medical Administration | Health Economics | Health Services Administration
Summary: This topic reviews Medicare. Medicare is a United States publicly funded federal health insurance plan for the elderly and disabled that covers about 45 million Americans. People contribute to Medicare by payroll taxes paid during their years of employment. These funds are held in the Hospital Insurance Trust fund and are administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Rights and Permissions
Citation: Tutty, M., & Baldor, R. (2012). Medicare. UpToDate, Topic 2774, Version 12.0.