New Board Begins Work To Control Health Care Costs

Monday, August 6, 2012 – Governor Patrick joins legislators, advocates and stakeholders in Nurses Hall at the State House to sign S. 2400, launching the next phase of health care reform that builds on the Commonwealth’s nation-leading access to care through landmark measures that will lower costs and make quality, affordable care a reality for all Massachusetts residents (Photo: Office Of Gov. Patrick/flickr)

A new 11-member board began work today on what Governor Deval Patrick calls an historic effort to control the interminable problem of rising health care costs.  WBUR’s Martha Bebinger offers this initial report:

The main goal of this board, including consumers, employers, providers and health care experts, will be to make sure Massachusetts meets the new goal of keeping health care spending in line with the state’s overall economic growth.  Governor Patrick swore in commission members this morning.

“It’s important for them to realize that they’ve been called to this moment by history. We a model for national health care reform in terms of access. And in terms of cost control, we’re going to be a model for the country on how to crack that code,” he said.

The board’s chairman, Prof. Stuart Altman, a Brandeis economist, asked members to make sure they represent the interests of the state as a whole, not their special interests on health care spending.

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