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A systemic approach to containing health care spending.

Author(s): Emanuel, Ezekiel; Tanden, Neera; Altman, Stuart; Armstrong, Scott; Berwick, Donald; et al

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Abstract: In this election year, U.S. national spending on health care will reach $2.8 trillion, or about 18% of total spending on all goods and services. This high level of spending reduces our ability to invest in other important parts of the economy and also adds to our unsustainable national debt. There is wide agreement that we must find ways to bend the health care cost curve. Taking different approaches, the two articles that follow present a range of options, including reducing both the prices and quantity of services for public and private payers, reducing administrative costs, implementing new market-based incentives, and reforming the tax subsidy for employer-sponsored health insurance. It is our hope that these articles will stimulate discussion and debate on the best ways to address the cost problem and to place our health care system on a more sustainable path.
Publication Date: 6-Sep-2012
Citation: Emanuel, Ezekiel, Tanden, Neera, Altman, Stuart, Armstrong, Scott, Berwick, Donald, de Brantes, François, Calsyn, Maura, Chernew, Michael, Colmers, John, Cutler, David, Daschle, Tom, Egerman, Paul, Kocher, Bob, Milstein, Arnold, Oshima Lee, Emily, Podesta, John D, Reinhardt, Uwe, Rosenthal, Meredith, Sharfstein, Joshua, Shortell, Stephen, Stern, Andrew, Orszag, Peter R, Spiro, Topher. (2012). A systemic approach to containing health care spending.. The New England journal of medicine, 367 (10), 949 - 954. doi:10.1056/nejmsb1205901
DOI: doi:10.1056/nejmsb1205901
ISSN: 0028-4793
EISSN: 1533-4406
Pages: 1 - 6
Language: eng
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: The New England journal of medicine
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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