Sunday was the 58th birthday of Medicare and Medicaid. The cost of Medicare has grown from $10 billion in its first year to nearly $750 billion last year. Taxpayers spend nearly $730 billion a year on Medicaid, up from under $1 billion at its inception.
The cost of medical privacy: The original Privacy Rule from 2000 is 419 pages of dense legalese. This is in addition to revisions to the rule from 2002 (93 pages), 2013 (137 pages), 2014 (27 pages), and 2016 (15 pages).