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Massachusetts plans to cut healthcare costs

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5333 (Published 06 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5333
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 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 …

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