Restoring Fiscal Sanity 2007: The Health Spending Challenge

This book examines the health spending crisis and calls for a broad agenda of experimentation and reform to slow health care spending growth. Alice M. Rivlin of Brookings and Joseph R. Antos of the American Enterprise Institute, editors of the volume, offer a comprehensive menu of specific reforms, many of which can and should be pursued simultaneously. Given the size and impact of federal health programs, well-designed reforms of these programs can serve as a catalyst for improvements of the whole health system.


This book is the third in the Restoring Fiscal Sanity series from the Budgeting for National Priorities project.

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Chapter 1:
Rising Health Care Spending - Federal and National
(PDF—285kb)

Chapter 2:
Strategies for Slowing the Growth of Health Spending
(PDF—203kb)

Chapter 3:
The Challenge of Medicare
(PDF—117kb)

Chapter 4:
The Role of Medicaid
(PDF—166kb)

Chapter 5:
Leveraging Other Federal Health Systems
(PDF—225kb)

Chapter 6:
Private Payer Roles in Moving to More Efficient Health Spending
(PDF—104kb)

Chapter 7:
Cost Containment and the Politics of Health Care Reform
(PDF—111kb)

Chapter 8:
Building Public Support for Slowing the Growth
(PDF—125kb)


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