Health Care Cost and Access Challenges Persist

Source: Debra A. Draper and Paul B. Ginsburg, Center for Studying Health System Change, Issue Brief No. 114, October 2007

From press release:
Little has changed in local health care markets since 2005 to break the cycle of rising costs, declining insurance coverage and widening access inequities, according to initial findings from the Center for Studying Health System Change’s (HSC) 2007 site visits to 12 nationally representative metropolitan communities.

Two years ago, HSC researchers identified several troubling trends warning of growing cost and access problems, including a hospital building boom; intense competition among hospitals and physicians to expand profitable specialty services; growing stress on community safety nets; and few cost-control strategies on the part of employers and health plans.

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