Conference Paper

Health financing: challenges and opportunities, coverage and cost

Abstract: This policy panel will present and debate proposals for the next steps in reforming the U.S. health care system. Which challenge deserves the highest priority – providing universal access; instituting better measures of quality and outcomes and better management systems; or reining in costs? How should these challenges be addressed? What keeps us from "having it all"? Does the fundamental obstacle lie in market behavior, inadequate or asymmetric information, lack of political will, or the human psyche? How would the proposed reforms tackle the underlying issue and help us maintain a sustainable balance between health care access, quality and cost – and between our health care goals and other important policy objectives – in future years?

Keywords: Health care reform;

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Bibliographic Information

Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Part of Series: Conference Series ; [Proceedings]

Publication Date: 2005

Volume: 50

Issue: Jun

Pages: 295-300