Health Care Costs in the U.S.: The Role of Prices and Volume

The Alliance for Health Reform and several cosponsors held the first event in a three-part series of discussions on costs, the factors driving them up and what (if anything) can be done about them.

This briefing and others in the series take an in-depth look at a select few of the most often cited health care cost drivers. This briefing focuses on the extent to which health care prices, and the volume of services delivered, affect spending.

For more information and access to the presentation slides, please visit the Alliance’s event page.




Susan Dentzer, Health Affairs, moderates the discussion.


Michael Chernew, Harvard Medical School

Henry Aaron, The Brookings Institution

Gail Wilensky, Project HOPE

Helen Darling, National Business Group on Health

Nancy Dickey, Texas A&M Health Science Center, former AMA President

John Rother, National Coalition on Health Care

Teri Fontenot, board chair, American Hospital Association

Dan Mendelson, Avalere Health

Andrew Dreyfus, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

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