The Future of Health Care

Health care costs account for large segments of many countries' spending, and most people believe they'll rise as new treatments are developed and overall populations age. In the US, the number of uninsured Americans - currently some 45 million - continues to grow. The 500 largest public companies currently have health care obligations to retirees totaling more than $250 billion (78 percent of which remains unfunded), and only 60 percent of employers are providing coverage to about 64 percent of all working Americans under the age of 65. Is there a way out? How should the government, the private sector, and individuals face these formidable challenges? Victor J. Dzau, MD, Bruce Bodaken and Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD discuss with Gary D. Ahlquist

Festival: 2006

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