July 16 2013
This commentary appeared on Health Affairs Blog on July 16, 2013.
In the May issue of Health Affairs, two teams of Harvard researchers asserted that the recent slowdown in health care spending could be the beginning of a trend that will lead to decreased health care costs. Their optimism is sharply at odds with the bleaker assessments contained in a recent Kaiser Family Foundation analysis, a related commentary from KFF President Drew Altman, and an NEJM Perspective by Stanford University economist Victor Fuchs.
Resolving the question of whether or not the United States has finally gotten a handle on health care spending is vitally important, because the choices we make going forward will have profound implications for our economy, the financial wellbeing of millions of American families, and ultimately America's standing in the world.