Date of Completion

Spring 5-6-2012

Thesis Advisor(s)

James E. Trimble

Honors Major



Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Health Policy | Other Business | Social Welfare


Medicare is the health insurance coverage provided to all senior citizens over the age of 65. It has been around since 1965. This paper takes an in-depth look into the Medicare program. First, the history behind Social Security is introduced. The Medicare program was created as an addition to Social Security, and its history follows. Although the ideas and goals of the Medicare program have good intentions, there are many issues with it. These problems are discussed in detail in the current issues portion of the paper. As a follow up, I have expanded upon and come up with some possible solutions to some of the issues, and explained what the Medicare program entails for future generations.