The exchanges are regulated, largely online marketplaces, administered by either federal or state government, where individuals and small business can purchase private insurance plans.
Overview[ edit ] Chart showing life expectancy at birth and health care spending per capita for OECD countries as of These range from increased use of health care technology through changing the anti-trust rules governing health insurance companies and tort-reform to rationing of care.
Different overall strategies have been suggested as well. He mentioned electronic record-keeping, preventing expensive conditions, reducing obesity, refocusing doctor incentives from quantity of care to quality, bundling payments for treatment of conditions rather than specific services, better identifying and communicating the most cost-effective treatments, and reducing defensive medicine.
He argued that the U. He articulated four "pillars" of such a strategy: Writing in The New Yorkersurgeon Atul Gawande further distinguished between the delivery system, which refers to how medical services are provided to patients, and the payment system, which refers to how payments for services are processed.
He argued that reform of the delivery system is critical to getting costs under control, but that payment system reform e. Gawande argued that dramatic improvements and savings in the delivery system will take "at least a decade.
He argued this would be an iterative, empirical process and should be administered by a "national institute for healthcare delivery" to analyze and communicate improvement opportunities.
These options included increased use of health information technology, research and incentives to improve medical decision making, reduced tobacco use and obesity, reforming the payment of providers to encourage efficiency, limiting the tax federal exemption for health insurance premiums, and reforming several market changes such as resetting the benchmark rates for Medicare Advantage plans and allowing the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate drug prices.
The authors based their modeling on the effect of combining these changes with the implementation of universal coverage. The authors concluded that there are no magic bullets for controlling health care costs, and that a multifaceted approach will be needed to achieve meaningful progress.
Health insurance premiums for employer-provided family coverage Health spending accounted for Following the United States were the Netherlands at Americans spent more than twice as much as relatively rich European countries such as France, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
The causes are disputed, ranging from recession-related delays in visiting doctors to more long-term trends in moderating insurance premiums and reduced spending on structures and equipment.
However, costs per capita continue to rise. Per capita cost increases have averaged 5. Costs relative to GDP have risen from Reasons include, among others: Higher unemployment due to the recession, which has limited the ability of consumers to purchase healthcare; Rising out-of-pocket payments; Deductibles the amount a person pays before insurance begins to cover claims have risen sharply.
Workers must pay a larger share of their own health costs, and generally forces them to spend less; and The proportion of workers with employer-sponsored health insurance enrolled in a plan that required a deductible climbed to about three-quarters in from about half in Bloomberg reported in January If health insurance were cheaper, or the marketplace were structured so that most people bought health coverage for themselves rather than getting it with their jobs, people would be paid more and raises would be higher.
Comparative effectiveness research would be one of many tools used by the IMAC. And ultimately, without a structure in place to help contain health care costs over the long term as the health market evolves, nothing else we do in fiscal policy will matter much, because eventually rising health care costs will overwhelm the federal budget.
Washington Post columnist David Ignatius has also recommended that President Obama engage someone like Cortese to have a more active role in driving reform efforts.
Several treatment alternatives may be available for a given medical condition, with significantly different costs yet no statistical difference in outcome.Is Obamacare failing?
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