Running Up the Health Care Tab: Will We Have Buyer's Remorse?
January 17, 2008
Mary Ellen Stahlman & Christie Provost Peters
The press has focused much attention on the aging of the “baby boomer” generation and its effect on federal entitlement spending. Indeed, the first of the baby boomers are on the verge of receiving their first Social Security checks. But health policymakers know that the overarching and more intractable problem facing the nation is rising health care costs. This Forum session looked at the challenges that these increasing costs pose for our economy, the public sector, and society. It reviewed past and future spending trends for Medicare and Medicaid and examined the connection between health care spending growth and financing entitlement programs. Factors influencing spending growth and opportunities for slowing the rate of increase were the primary focus.
Peter R. Orszag, PhD, Director, Congressional Budget Office
With Comments By:
Stuart H. Altman, PhD, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy, Florence Heller Graduate School for Social Policy, Brandeis University