Last week, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) hosted its 6th Annual Health Care Cost Trends Hearing. These hearings bring transparency to a whole new level: Massachusetts is one of the few states in the country to be systematically gathering data and shining a spotlight on all health care spending in the state. This year’s headline is that overall health care spending growth stayed well below the benchmark of 3.6% growth: health care spending growth was only 1.6% from 2016 to 2017. That said, there is still cause for concern, as described in our key themes below.
Key Themes of the Hearing
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