Research Report Containing the Growth of Spending in the U.S. Health System
John Holahan, Linda J. Blumberg, Stacey McMorrow, Stephen Zuckerman, Timothy A. Waidmann, Karen Stockley
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In this paper we review data on health care spending growth and the reasons for the persistent high rates of growth. We discuss the cost containment provisions that are incorporated into the Affordable Care Act.A number of options that are not included in the ACA are then analyzed.We use a consistent analytic framework for making estimates relying on an extensive body of research evidence.We make estimates of the savings from eliminating tax exclusion, malpractice reform, chronic care management, prevention and various approaches to setting rates for providers.We conclude that no one option could provide substantial savings by themselves and that a combination of several policies is necessary to reduce the rate of growth.
Research Areas Health and health care
Tags Health insurance Federal health care reform Health care delivery and payment Health equity Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program  State health care reform Hospitals and physicians Health care systems and managed care plans Medicare
Policy Centers Health Policy Center