Comments on the June 2001 Report of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission: Medicare in Rural America


Comments on and critiques the findings in MedPAC's Medicare in Rural America. The authors believe that while the MedPAC report helps set a framework for analysis, it is not a definitive treatise on the role of Medicare in rural health.

Among its findings: most of MedPAC's recommendations would have positive impacts on healthcare for rural beneficiaries, others would do no harm, others could be strengthened, and a few, particularly those relating to access to services, "suffer from disparities and weaknesses." Report produced by the RUPRI Rural Health Panel.

RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Andrew Coburn, Charles Fluharty, J. Patrick Hart, A. Clinton MacKinney, Timothy McBride, Keith Mueller, Rebecca Slifkin