With stronger economic growth and modest success in controlling U.S. health care spending, there is room for optimism in realizing a sustainable future. Nevertheless, cost pressures come from multiple directions: new and expensive specialty drugs; novel medical devices and procedures to aid those with chronic conditions; growing long-term care needs; higher wages stimulated by provider shortages; price pressure due to consolidation; and destabilizing insurance markets. Will the health system respond by effectively controlling spending and reducing waste and low-value care? Or, will lower costs be obtained only by restricting insurance coverage?
We have a distinguished panel of presenters who will speak to these questions and more at a critical time just months before the mid-term elections. Please join us as we discuss fiscal stresses from Medicare and Medicaid, peer into future health spending trends, directly confront the central question of sustainable spending, and examine essential health policy trade-offs