Former Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt says policymakers should shift their attention to preserving Medicare before resuming talks of expanding it, FierceHealthcare reports.
According to the report, Medicare Part A could be penniless by 2026.
“We ought to deal with the reality of the mess we have before we begin to expand,” he tells FierceHealthcare.
Leavitt says Medicare Advantage and Part D could serve as a solid template for health policy moving forward, adding that informed decision-making by consumers can bring to fruition a more competitive model.
“The dilemma is, we’re a compassionate country … and we need to be, but on the other hand, we can’t give up our economic leadership,” he said.