CommonHealth CommonHealth

Support the news

New Board Begins Work To Control Health Care Costs

This article is more than 7 years old.
Monday, August 6, 2012 - Governor Patrick joins legislators, advocates and stakeholders in Nurses Hall at the State House to sign S. 2400, launching the next phase of health care reform that builds on the Commonwealth's nation-leading access to care through landmark measures that will lower costs and make quality, affordable care a reality for all Massachusetts residents (Photo: Office Of Gov. Patrick/flickr)
Monday, August 6, 2012 - Governor Patrick joins legislators, advocates and stakeholders in Nurses Hall at the State House to sign S. 2400, launching the next phase of health care reform that builds on the Commonwealth's nation-leading access to care through landmark measures that will lower costs and make quality, affordable care a reality for all Massachusetts residents (Photo: Office Of Gov. Patrick/flickr)

The main goal of this board, including consumers, employers, providers and health care experts, will be to make sure Massachusetts meets the new goal of keeping health care spending in line with the state's overall economic growth.  Governor Patrick swore in commission members this morning.

"It’s important for them to realize that they’ve been called to this moment by history. We a model for national health care reform in terms of access. And in terms of cost control, we’re going to be a model for the country on how to crack that code," he said.

The board's chairman, Prof. Stuart Altman, a Brandeis economist, asked members to make sure they represent the interests of the state as a whole, not their special interests on health care spending.

This program aired on November 16, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

+Join the discussion
TwitterfacebookEmail

Support the news