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Policies need to restrain growth in healthcare spending, say experts

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f671 (Published 31 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f671
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

The debate on US healthcare policy must focus on overall cost containment, not on shifting costs within the silos of public, employer, and private sector payers, experts told a congressional briefing on 28 January.

Fuelling the renewed policy debate are a report earlier this month from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services saying that aggregate healthcare spending rose at a relatively low 3.9% for the last three years for which information was available1 and broad recommendations from the Commonwealth Fund on how an additional $2 trillion might be shaved from increased healthcare spending over the next decade.2

“We are not talking about fighting over …

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