In 2018, the U.S. hit $3.65 trillion in health care spending, almost double the amount spent in other developed countries around the world. Yet despite this massive expense, the nation lags behind on critical health outcomes such as infant mortality and life expectancy. At the IBR’s Aug. 13 Breakfast Series, “Taking a Pulse on Health Care,” six expert panelists discussed many aspects of the health care system including Medicaid, Medicare, employer benefits, telemedicine and workforce. They also offered insights and opinions on how their companies and others can offer high-quality care at a more affordable price. This transcript has been edited for length and clarity. The panelists discuss health care trends at the Breakfast Series: Taking a Pulse on Health Care on Aug. 13 at the Grove Hotel. Photo by Liz Patterson Harbauer The Panel Moderator – Tom Mortell, Hawley Troxell partner and head of the health law group Dan Anderson, St. Luke’s Health System vice president of strategy and planning Odette Bolano, Saint Alphonsus Health System CEO Greg Donaca, Delta Dental president and CEO Michael Hollenbeck, Pyramid Analytics VP of solution engineering and sales Mike Reynoldson, Blue Cross of Idaho senior vice president of public affairs Sarah Wilson,… Read full this story
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