Health Care Costs: The Role of Prices and Volume

This was the first event in a three-part series of discussions on costs, the factors driving them up and what (if anything) can be done about them. The series marks the Alliance for Health Reform’s 20th year of promoting informed and balanced discussion of health policy issues.

Much has been said about spending in governmental health care programs, notably Medicare and Medicaid. But employers, families and other payers have also experienced steady increases in health care spending. Many factors have been cited as health care cost drivers. This briefing and others in the series will take an in-depth look at a select few of the most often cited cost drivers, some of the innovations being tried to change the trajectory of health spending and policy options that might help overcome challenges and foster innovative solutions.

Transcript

Full Transcript (Adobe Acrobat PDF)

Speaker Presentations

Michael Chernew Presentation (PowerPoint)
John Rother Presentation (PowerPoint)

Event Details

Agenda (Adobe Acrobat PDF)