Health and the US Economy

With health spending representing nearly one-fifth of US GDP, the debate on fixing the US economy is inextricably bound to the debate on fixing US health care. As health care costs grow from $2.6 trillion to an officially projected $4.6 trillion over the coming decade, what will be the impact on family incomes, business performance, and state and federal budgets? Can the debate on taxes and government spending be resolved without serious health care entitlement reform? And how to assess the positive economic effects from a US health sector that is a vibrant jobs creator and source of export-led growth?

Festival: 2012

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