Massachusetts plans to cut healthcare costsBMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5333 (Published 06 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5333
- Janice Hopkins Tanne
- 1New York
Massachusetts, the US state that enacted universal health insurance for its residents in 2006, has now approved a plan to control healthcare costs.
Last week the Massachusetts state legislature agreed on a bill to control healthcare costs over the next 15 years. Governor Deval Patrick, who has set a priority on controlling health costs, said that he will sign the bill into law. It aims to reduce the growth in healthcare costs while improving the quality of care; savings of $200bn (£130bn; €162bn) are predicted over the next 15 years.
The bill says that healthcare costs cannot rise faster than the …