Can America Reduce Medical Costs While Expanding the Availability of Health Care?

June 25, 2009
By Cathy Cockrell, NewsCenter
UC Berkeley

The current U.S. health care system — with its ever-rising price tag and its gaping discrepancies in care — is a “ticking time bomb” for the federal budget, President Obama warned members of the American Medical Association. Without corrective action, he said on June 15, “America may go the way of GM — paying more, getting less, and going broke.”

Stephen Shortell — an expert in health policy, management, and organization behavior and dean of UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health — currently serves as an adviser to the Obama administration on health care reform. The NewsCenter spoke to him recently about the feasibility of reducing costs while expanding the availability of health care insurance. More…