October 24, 2018 | Rosemarie Day and Emily Eibl

Key Themes and Insights from the 2018 Massachusetts Health Care Cost Trends Hearing

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.

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Key Themes of the Hearing

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