Health care costs in Massachusetts have been rising at high, possibly unsustainable rates. Three kinds of cost containment opportunities are associated with the Roadmap. The first type is inherent in the design of the building blocks. The second type is optional but is facilitated by the presence of changes made as part of the Roadmap. The third type includes a number of additional steps that could be undertaken without the presence of the Roadmap, but deserve consideration within that framework. Plan competition for individuals covered in the purchasing pool would be the primary structural mechanism to accomplish significant cost containment. (www.roadmaptocoverage.com, October 7, 2005)
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