The Alliance for Health Reform hosted a discussion on chronic conditions and technology as contributing factors to the rise of healthcare costs.
The briefing took a look at the drivers of cost increases, both for insurance providers and the government through Medicare and Medicaid, but also for consumers of health care, who are spending more out-of-pocket for health care due to rising premiums and co-pays, as well as an increasing number of chronic conditions and expensive treatments.
According to the group, the Allicance is a nonpartisan, nonprofit group that does not lobby or take positions on legislation. "Our underlying goal -- from our origin and into the future -- is affordable, quality health care and long-term care for all Americans."
Ed Howard, head of the Alliance for Health Reform, delivered the welcoming remarks, followed by two panels of experts.