Health Reform in the 21st Century: Reforming the Health Care Delivery System

Testimony

Health Reform in the 21st Century: Reforming the Health Care Delivery System

Before the United States House Committee on Ways and Means
April 1, 2009

Abstract

Medicare and other insurers generally ignore the importance of established chronic illnesses in generating demands on the health care system and escalating costs, Institute Fellow Robert Berenson told the House Ways and Means Committee. At the same time, delivery system reforms are likely to fail unless immediate steps are taken to address the likely collapse of the primary care physician workforce in many parts of the country. He also underscored the need for a public plan -- patterned on Medicare but separate from it -- as an option for those seeking care.

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