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Paul N. Van de Water Explains the Challenges with Controlling Healthcare Costs and Spending

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Paul N. Van de Water, senior fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, suggests that controlling healthcare costs and spending is a complicated process - one in which no right answer exists.

Paul N. Van de Water, senior fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, suggests that controlling healthcare costs and spending is a complicated process — one in which no right answer exists. He says that healthcare stakeholders will need to try a number of approaches, with each approach carrying a different trade-off.

“Controlling healthcare costs means lower growth of income for some healthcare providers — it could mean the beneficiaries have to pay more, it could mean the beneficiaries have a more limited choice of providers,” Mr Van de Water says. “We can’t expect to control costs in a painless fashion.”

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