Health Care Costs: The Role of Price by Paul Ginsburg

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Paul. B. Ginsburg, Ph.D.,  President of the Center for Studying Health System Change and a nationally recognized scholar in health economics and health policy, studied how California’s providers have leveraged their joint bargaining power in an attempt to increase reimbursement rates and its effect of driving up costs. Ginsburg believes that expanding health insurance coverage to the more than 45 million uninsured Americans is a key U.S. policy goal, but that  expanding coverage without steps to contain rapidly rising health care costs is a recipe for failure. His analysis of how California providers have implemented various strategies which have strengthened their leverage in negotiating prices with private health plans provides a cautionary tale.   

Click here to access a Health Affairs article detailing his study.

Click here to access a summary briefing presented to the National Coalition on Health Care.

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