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Health economist calls for new realism in US healthcare funding

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 05 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3165
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    The costs of health care in the United States have doubled every 10 years for the past 40 years, a Princeton University health economist told a Capitol Hill briefing on 31 July.

    Uwe Reinhardt said, “The supply side of the [healthcare] sector seems to assume that the continuation of that trend is a firm social contract between them and the rest of society . . . that from here to kingdom come we will double your revenue every 10 years. Any deviation from that [growth curve] is viewed as a giveback.”

    Dr Reinhardt said that proposals for Medicare to cut anticipated growth of its total spending over 10 years (a …

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