Slowing the Growth of Health Care Costs in America

Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, February 25, 2009

New data from the Dartmouth Atlas Project depict the staggering variation in America’s health care spending. What should policy-makers do?

Rapidly rising health care costs pose a serious threat not only to the future of public and private health insurance coverage, but also to the sustainability of efforts to expand coverage to the nearly 50 million uninsured Americans.

Coming to grips with the nation’s growing health care cost is the key to achieving health care reform. In a commentary published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Dartmouth researchers describe how inefficiencies in the U.S. health care system are hamstringing the nation’s ability to expand access to care.

See also:
Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care: Regional Disparity in Medicare Spending
Issue Brief: Health Care Spending, Quality and Outcomes
Issue Brief: The Policy Implications of Variations in Medicare Spending Growth
Spending Data: Hospital Referral Regions
Spending Data: States

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