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.
Monograph of Altarum's 8th annual sustainable health spending symposium, which took place on July 12, 2018 in Washington DC.
Video recording of Altarum's 8th annual sustainable health spending symposium, which took place on July 12, 2018, in Washington, DC.