This is the second event in a three-part series of discussions on costs, the factors driving them up and what (if anything) can be done about them. The series marks the Alliance for Health Reform’s 20th year of promoting informed and balanced discussion of health policy issues.
Much has been said about spending in governmental health care programs, notably Medicare and Medicaid. But employers, families and other payers have also experienced steady increases in health care spending.
Many factors have been cited as health care cost drivers, including demography, geography, economics and health status. But there is little agreement on how much each factor contributes to overall costs. This briefing offered an in-depth look at two of the most often cited cost drivers — technology and chronic conditions.
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