The Obama administration has been asked by a government auditing body to cancel controversial subsidies to the Medicare health insurance programme.
This was reported in healthcare-today.co.uk.
The auditing body, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a non-partisan body, said that many of these Medicare programmes on which funds were being splurged, were mediocre care plans.
It called for the cancellation of US$8.3 billion in 'bonuses' in a report released on Monday. The GAO report explained that much of the money has been siphoned off to subsidized coverage plans with only an 'average' rating, when the bonuses were to have been awarded for plans that delivered a high quality of care.
Republicans in Congress say that the bonus plan is a 'political ploy'.