Health Care Cost Containment Strategies Used in Four Other High-Income Countries Hold Lessons for the United States

Data collected by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development show that between 2000 and 2010, average per capita spending among member countries increased by more than 70 percent. In the past decade or more, Canada, France, Germany, and England in particular have undert
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After Expanding Coverage, Massachusetts Focuses On Taming Costs

BOSTON—As other states continue to debate the merits of the Affordable Care Act or race to implement it, Massachusetts is moving on to the next big challenge: curbing health care costs. Under a law signed by Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick last August, Massachusetts is putting its healt
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Calif. Health Premiums For Individual Buyers Will Rise

Middle-class Californians counting on the federal health care overhaul to lower their insurance premiums are in for a double-digit shock next year, a new state study shows. People or families who buy insurance for themselves could see rate increases of up to 30 percent. Continue Readi
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State laws hamper smoke-free workplace efforts

Employers hoping to cut health care costs look first toward low-hanging fruit, such as encouraging employees to reduce or eliminate unhealthy behaviors – and perhaps none is more preventable than smoking. Certainly few are more expensive – a smoker costs a company $12,000
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Restaurant Chains Cut Estimates for Health-Law Costs

Restaurant owners have been fierce critics of the health-care overhaul law, fearing that its mandate for employers to offer insurance more broadly will drive up costs and deter hiring. Now, some operators say the law may not be that costly after all. They say many employees won’
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Study: Health overhaul to raise claims cost 32%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medical claims costs — the biggest driver of health insurance premiums — will jump an average 32% for Americans’ individual policies under the Affordable Care Act health care law, according to a study out Tuesday by the nation’s leading group of financial
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Why Do Some States Spend More on Health Care?

One of the interesting features of the Affordable Care Act is that reform basically takes place at the state level. Yet the states are very different. Some spend more than twice as much on health care as others, as a percent of state income. For example, health care spending in three
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Employers to increase pressure on doctors to justify costs

Self-insured employers are expecting to turn their attention more frequently to physicians as they try to find ways to reduce the cost and increase the quality of their workers’ health care. The likeliest trends that 583 companies, representing $103 billion in annual health spending,
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Employers Blast Fees From New Health Law

Employers are bracing for a little-noticed fee in the federal health-care law that will charge them $63 for each person they insure next year, one of the clearest cost increases companies face when the law takes full effect. Companies and other plan providers will together pay $25 bil
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Health Costs Slow To Lowest Rate In 15 Years As Employer Commitment To Benefits Wanes

Employer health care costs slowed this year to a five percent increase, the slowest growth in 15 years, but just one in four companies say they are “very confident” they will offer medical benefits 10 years from now even as more costs are shifted to their workers, a new analysis shows
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