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Monday, June 2, 2014

FOUR STEPS TO FIGHT ACA-INDUCED HEALTH CARE SPENDING SPIKE — MY LATEST ON FORBES.COM

Economists predicted the expanded access to care due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would lead to health care spending growth. The early numbers from the first quarter of 2014 bear out that prediction. In our latest blog post at Forbes.com — “Large Healthcare Cost Increases Are Built Into Obamacare Implementation” — Physicians Foundation CEO Tim Norbeck and I offer four ways to cut health care spending without hurting access:
  1. Eliminate the site-of-service differential.
  2.  Eliminate all government regulations that do not have a positive benefit-to-cost ratio. 
  3. Ask physicians to use only technologies with proven efficacy for patients. 
  4. Initiate programs that help patients make healthy lifestyle choices by supporting individual responsibility.

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