Small Ideas for Saving Big Health Care Dollars

Small Ideas for Saving Big Health Care Dollars

Jodi L. Liu
Deborah Lai
Jeanne S. Ringel
Mary E. Vaiana
Jeffrey Wasserman
Copyright Date: 2014
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 12
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    Small Ideas for Saving Big Health Care Dollars
    Book Description:

    A focused review of RAND Health research identified small ideas that could save the U.S. health care system $13 to $22 billion per year if successfully implemented. They include changing payment policy for emergency transport and greater use of $4 generic drugs. Small ideas do not require systemic change; thus, they may be both more feasible to operationalize and less likely to encounter stiff political and organizational resistance.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8523-8
    Subjects: Health Sciences, History

Table of Contents

  1. Small Ideas for Saving Big Health Care Dollars
    (pp. 1-12)
    Jodi L. Liu, Deborah Lai, Jeanne S. Ringel, Mary E. Vaiana and Jeffrey Wasserman

    There is broad consensus that the rapid increase in health care costs is America’s most vexing and most critical domestic policy problem. Victor Fuchs, considered by many to be the father of health economics, has been quoted as saying, “If we solve our health care spending, practically all of our fiscal problems go away” (Kolata, 2012). Peter Orszag, former director of the Office of Management and Budget, has written that “Rising health-care costs are at the core of the United States’ long-term fiscal imbalance” (Orszag, 2011). The Congressional Budget Office has identified growth in spending on mandatory health care programs,...