A Health Cost Time Bomb?

Aging boomers will test the system

Can America's health-care system survive the aging of the baby boom generation? The omens are hardly favorable. After slowing for several years, employer health-care costs are again rising at a double-digit pace. Seniors' complaints about surging prescription drug prices are prompting legislators to add drug benefits to Medicare. And many health maintenance organizations say government reimbursement limits are forcing them to stop enrolling Medicare patients.

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