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Why health care costs are rising more slowly

Posted by Charles II on April 3, 2014

I always thought it was because the insurance companies had grabbed all the money in the world, but I guess I am wrong.

LIVE WEBCAST: The Future of U.S. Health Care Spending

For several decades health spending in the United States rose much faster than other spending. Forecasters predicted the health sector, already 17% of GDP, would soon exceed 20 to 25% of GDP, driving out other necessary public and private spending. However, in recent years health spending growth dropped dramatically and surprisingly, to a record slow pace for the fourth straight year in 2012. It is not clear why this turn around occurred or how long it will last.

On Friday, April 11th the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings will bring together several experts to discuss three questions that will also be addressed in a forthcoming series of Brookings papers. The discussion and papers will address the causes of the slowdown and the likelihood it will continue; its impact on federal and state budgets, and private spending; and identify reforms that will ensure slow cost growth while improving health.

Over a dozen economic and health policy experts will participate in panel discussions, including Harvard’s David Cutler, American Action Forum’s Douglas Holtz-Eakin, University of Southern California’s Paul Ginsburg, and Altarum’s Charles Roehrig. Speakers will take questions from the audience.

April 11, 2014
8:30 AM – 2:15 PM EDT
Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium
1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Apparently the topic is popular, since i sold out before they let plebes like me know. But we can listen over the Interwebs

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