Spending on health care is rising rapidly, threatening to crowd out other priorities in the federal budget. States, businesses, and individuals are also coping with the challenge of rising medical care costs. National health expenditures will soon be 20 percent of total spending, yet there is widespread dissatisfaction with the quality and effectiveness of the care that is provided.
In Restoring Fiscal Sanity 2007: The Health Spending Challenge (Brookings 2007), co-editors Alice Rivlin, Brookings senior fellow, and Joseph Antos, Wilson
H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, proposed a broad agenda of experimentation and reform to help bring health spending under control. At this discussion moderated by Rivlin, authors and co-editors presented their findings on Medicare reform and addressed the lessons that can be learned from other federal programs and private insurance. Robert Reischauer, president of the Urban Institute, offered a review and critique of the ideas proposed in this volume.
Editor-in-Chief - Health Affairs
President, The Moran Company
Senior Fellow - Project HOPE
(former Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (now, CMS))
Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute
Nonresident Senior Fellow - Economic Studies, USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy
Co-Director, Center for Military Health Policy Research, RAND Corporation
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