Governor Deval Patrick is calling on the state's top insurance companies and health care providers to curb their costs.
Gov. Patrick, who plans to hold a meeting on the issue as early as this week, says he's committed to the state's mandatory health care law despite the tough economic times. But, he says spiraling health costs threaten the success of the landmark initiative.
The governor wants the state to consider new ways to save money, like reimbursing health care providers based on whether patients get well--not how many medical tests are ordered.
This program aired on January 5, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.