Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 8:30am - 1:30pm
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?
This event assembled a distinguished panel of presenters to speak to these questions and more at a critical time just months before the mid-term elections. We discussed fiscal stresses from Medicare and Medicaid, peered into future health spending trends, directly confronted the central question of sustainable spending, and examined essential health policy trade-offs.
View the full agenda, and watch a recording of the event. As in previous years, a symposium monograph is forthcoming.
Video recording of Altarum's 8th annual sustainable health spending symposium, which took place on July 12, 2018, in Washington, DC.