Healthcare Price Regulation and Public Options: Assessing Approaches to Increasing the Public Role

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Part 2 of a panel series on healthcare price regulation honoring Uwe E. Reinhardt (1937-2017)

In light of the major financial burden that health care places on many households and the limited competition in many health care markets, some policymakers and experts have called for governments to play a larger role in determining the prices of health care services, such as by regulating those prices or introducing a public option. The late Uwe Reinhardt wrote and spoke for many years in support of a larger role for the public sector in determining health care prices.

On September 23, the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy and the Center on Regulation and Markets at Brookings will, in honor of Uwe’s work, host the second of three webinars examining whether a larger public role is appropriate.

This panel will examine three commonly discussed approaches to expanding the government’s role in determining health care prices in private insurance markets: (1) limits on out-of-network prices; (2) comprehensive price regulation; and (3) creating a public option. The panelists will discuss how the effects of these different policy approaches might differ from each other and how they might compare to an approach that focused solely on improving competition in provider markets.

Viewers can submit questions for panelists by emailing events@brookings.edu or via Twitter with #HealthCarePrices.

Event Date
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM Pacific
Location

Panelists:

Christen Linke Young (Moderator)
Fellow, USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy

Matthew Fiedler
Fellow, USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy

Benedic Ippolito
Research Fellow, The American Enterprise Institute

Robert Murray
President, Global Health Payment
Former Executive Director, Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission

Cori Uccello
Actuary and Senior Health Fellow, The American Academy of Actuaries

 

 

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