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With Affordability Cures, an Investment in Lasting Change

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas launched the $1.5 billion endeavor called Affordability Cures because the burden of paying for coverage and care is too often at odds with health and financial security.

5 Things We’re Reading on Health Care Costs

Find the four main reasons health spending has grown in recent years, how clinics are making big bucks on drug screens and why we’re looking back at a research article from 2003 in this week’s five must-reads on health care costs.

Putting a Price Tag on Care

Patients often unknowingly choose higher-cost treatments and care settings that deliver no additional value. Sometimes they get tests and treatments they may not need at all.

5 Things We’re Reading on Health Care Costs

This week’s must-reads explore where our dollars go in the health care system, point to secret prices as a reason for out-of-control spending and uncover how something as small as an eye drop may be a hidden source of big waste.

Should Health Care Be a Package Deal?

The health care industry is moving toward viewing and paying for all of the care associated with a single condition or procedure — such as knee replacement surgery and rehabilitation — as one product.

Why Equal Care May Yield Lower Costs

Addressing the social determinants of health is an important piece of reducing health inequality, but the conversation must also be part of the emerging efforts between payers and providers to control costs.

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health care system work better?

Interested in ways we can make the health care system work better?