Private Sector Approaches to Health Care Cost Containment

A Closer Look

Growth in health spending has outpaced overall income growth for decades, placing an enormous burden on society and undermining wage gains. The problem has occupied both public and private sectors.

This paper examines private purchaser approaches to health care cost control. The private sector has been a veritable laboratory of new ideas and we highlighted eight current approaches here. These approaches were selected for their promise, efforts to evaluate, and for their focus on reducing costs while maintaining quality.