The U.S. has a third-rate delivery system for Medicaid and other public health programs, despite having some of the best medical care available, according to a report in Governing magazine. Programs to control contagious disease and chronic medical conditions are seriously shortfunded, hurt by the recent emphasis on antibioterrorism efforts, the report said. Access to care is declining -- "even for those most obviously in need" -- and with current budget constraints, many states are curbing programs for low-income mothers and children, the report said. "Clearly, there is a healthcare crisis in America, but it is in no way a medical problem. It is a fiscal problem. And at the root of most of it is Medicaid," the authors said. The report is part of the Government Performance Project, supported by the Pew Charitable Trust. Read the report. -- by Tony Fong
Report: Medicaid is "third-rate" and worsening
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