Healthcare Spending Is on the Decline, but at What Cost?

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The good news is that America's historic expansion of healthcare spending has slowed to its lowest rate in 51 years, though that could change fast. The reason for the decline is the recession, which left millions unemployed, uninsured and less able or less willing to pay for doctors, hospitals and drugs. Maybe they're just eliminating unnecessary care. However, if they're foregoing what they really need, they could get sicker and require much more in the future. We ask consumers why they've cut back and ask experts, will spending go up again when the economy improves?

This story was informed in part from sources in the Public Insight Network. Find out more at our website, www.kcrw.com/insight.

Credits

Guests:
Joanna Worthington - uninsured massage therapist, Susan Dentzer - Health Affairs journal, Doug Holtz-Eakin - American Action Forum - @djheakin, Mark O'Connell - unemployed attorney, Kavita Patel - Brookings Institution

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Anna Scott, Caitlin Shamberg, Katie Cooper