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New Report: Health Care Reform Can Save Massachusetts $78 Billion

Policies Before Congress Can Reduce Premiums, Improve Care, Save U.S. $3 trillion
For Immediate Release

Boston, August 5 — Health care reform might cost $1 trillion, but it can ultimately save the nation $3 trillion, with billions of dollars of benefits for every state in the union, a new report released today by MASSPIRG notes.

“With health premiums going through the roof and projected to double again by 2016 we cannot afford  inaction, ” said Deirdre Cummings, legislative director. “It’s time for Congress to pass strong, well documented, commonsense, cost-saving reform.”

The $3 Trillion Question: What Health Care Reform Can Save For Families, Businesses and Taxpayers, provides estimates for how much various cost-saving proposals can reduce health spending – all while improving the quality of the care we receive.

The report also endorses a White House proposal that would bring down costs and sidestep political gridlock by empowering a new independent commission, made up of doctors and health care experts to adopt the reforms that can incentivize the highest-quality, most efficient care.

Among the potential savings identified in the report:

•    Streamlining health care billing and cutting red tape can reduce $350 billion of waste.
•    Adoption of health information technology and electronic medical records can save $180 billion.
•    Investing in unbiased research into the best treatments, drugs, and devices can save $480 billion.
•    Creating a public health insurance option to compete on a level playing field with private insurers will reduce national costs by $230 billion or more.

These reforms would save Massachusetts $78BILLION over the next decade.

“Lawmakers are wrangling over how to fund the federal investment in reform,” explained Michael Russo, CALPIRG health care advocate and author of the report.  “But the $1 trillion price tag is two to three times smaller than the potential economic benefits to the country as a whole.  Letting a fear of federal outlays weaken reform legislation will leave our families and businesses out to dry.”

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