8 ways to cut healthcare costs

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The nation could cut wasteful healthcare spending by following a set of recommendations from leading health policy experts, according to a Texas think tank.

The Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute recently published a report (PDF) that features numerous and often radical ways the United States could trim its ever-increasing healthcare costs.

The center based the 24-page report on a recent forum that featured a panel of healthcare policy luminaries at the Texas Medical Center (TMC) in Houston. Among the participants were Mark McClellan, M.D., and Marilyn Tavenner, both former directors of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Frederick Isasi, executive director of Families USA.

“There is no question that healthcare spending in this country has spiraled out of control, and it is affecting the day-to-day lives of the people that work hard to earn a living in this country,” TMC Executive Director Tim Garson, M.D., who served on the panel and wrote the report, said in an emailed announcement about the white paper.

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