Magazine article Policy & Practice

Deloitte: $530B Savings Opportunity for Health Care Reform over 10 Years

Magazine article Policy & Practice

Deloitte: $530B Savings Opportunity for Health Care Reform over 10 Years

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As the White House changes guard, a new series of reports released by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions identifies $530 billion in opportunities to reduce costs while improving the U.S. health care system over the next 10 years.

The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, part of Deloitte LLP, reports provide a comprehensive understanding of what consumers want and need in their medical care, providing two important perspectives. The first, "Health Care and Public Policy: What Americans Want," offers results from a survey of 4,000 U.S. adults about their opinions of key health care reform efforts. Americans across the demographic spectrum embrace the gravity of the situation. A vast majority of respondents say they are ill-equipped to handle the financial burdens of a series medical emergency--only 6 percent describe themselves as fully ready for such a contingency, and less than 25 percent overall believe that their financial preparation is adequate. Families increasingly are so beset by medical costs that they have less to spend on other essentials. …

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