Bismillah, alhamdulillah : Once the USA never had medicare. Here is a 5 minute eye witness program from the BBC on how it was introduced in the 60’s and reminds all those who have a national health service how fortunate they are. One of the chief regrets in hindsight of Medicare negotiations was the lack of control on doctor’s salaries which half a century later is biting the USA.


In July 1966, US government health insurance programme Medicare came into force, providing limited free health insurance for the over 65s. Ted Marmor was assistant to Wilbur Cohen, one of the architects behind Medicare.


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