Date of Publication:

November 13, 2012

Author: Judith Lave, Paul Hughes-Cromwick, Thomas Getzen, eds.

This half-day symposium explicitly connected the U.S. budget situation to health care cost control. The resultant framework keeps policymakers honest by characterizing how, under nearly full insurance coverage and long-run deficit control, the budget directly links to tax revenues, spending on nonhealth programs, government health care spending, the total growth rate of national health expenditures, and the percentage of gross domestic product devoted to health spending.