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Exploring U.S. Health Care Costs and Reducing Them for Patients

By Atul Grover, MD, PhD, Executive Director, AAMC Research and Action Institute
Aug. 17, 2022
Notes & Insights from Atul Grover, MD, PhD, Executive Director of the AAMC Research and Action Institute

To paraphrase the late economist Uwe Reinhardt, PhD: "Sure, I’d love the health system of [name your favorite country]…but I’d need you to transplant their political, social, and economic systems as well."

While we wait for a national transplant that won’t be rejected by our unique American governing bodies, I invite you to read three short papers that explain why health care costs in the United States are so high compared with other countries; why we may never spend less on clinical care than we do today; and why we should focus on the policies we can feasibly tweak to get the most out of our $4 trillion a year in a way that matters to patients and families.

read the papers

I hope you will check out the papers and read a short piece published this week in AAMCNews.

I’d love your feedback on these issue briefs and hope that we can continue the conversation.