It is well documented that the United States spends more on health care per capita and devotes a greater share of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to health expenditures than any other developed nation.
As health care continues taking larger shares of household income, state policymakers are increasingly focused on strategies to improve the value of the whole health care system by increasing quality and lowering costs. This paper examines the strategies that seven states have used to improve value—some ideas are new, while other concepts have been in place for years.
This is a summary of a 2013 meeting of approximately 60 consumer advocates with the goal of bridging the gap between researchers, policy-makers and consumers and to examine what drives costs upwards.Read the summary
The Resource Guide is intended to provide a road map to some of the key concepts and research findings that may help consumer advocates facilitate the conversation around rising health care costs.Read the guide
Growth in health spending has outpaced overall income growth for decades, placing an enormous burden on society and undermining wage gains. This paper examines private purchaser approaches to health care cost control.Read the brief