Health Care Costs

 

 

To prepare for this discussion make sure you watch Steven Brill’s 3-minute video on rising medical costs. Then, explore the related infographic “What Makes Health Care So Expensive.” Finally, review the section on Cost Containment (p. 8-9) in the Summary of the Affordable Care Act prepared by the Kaiser Family Foundation ( links to all of these can be found within this lesson).

For your first post, choose one of the possible solutions to rising health care costs proposed in section 3 of the infographic – or describe a solution that you would suggest – and, based on the information in this lesson, discuss the rationale for your choice. The possible solutions cited in the infographic include:
Control prescription drug costs (save $94 billion)
Regulate hospital costs and/or tax their profits (save $84 billion)
Reduce duplicate or excessive tests and procedures (save $74 billion)
Regulate fees and/or tax the profits of outpatient clinics and labs owned by doctors (save $50 billion)
Bring gross margins of medical device makers down to 50% (save $30 billion)
Use comparative-effectiveness evaluations to guide decision-making for prescription drugs, tests and medical devices (save $28 billion)
Finally, respond to two of your classmates’ posts, commenting on both the pros and cons of the solutions they have proposed, and how their solutions may be impacted by the ACA.
https://healthland.time.com/2013/02/20/what-makes-health-care-so-expensive/

 

 

 

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