A Rising Tide Sinks All Boats: Why Medicare Costs So Much and How We Can Do Better for Seniors and America

Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, Health Affairs, and Emory University to Host Discussion:
“A Rising Tide Sinks All Boats:  Why Medicare Costs So Much and How We Can Do Better for Seniors and America”

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
9:00 am - 10:00 am (continental breakfast at 8:30 am)

The National Press Club
National Press Club Building (Zenger Room)
13th floor
529 14th St, NW
Washington, DC 20045

On Tuesday, February 23, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease held a discussion with top health and fiscal policy experts on implications of a new study on cost growth in Medicare, and necessary steps to improve the solvency, and success, of the program moving forward.

Discussion focused on increasing rates of the top five most common-and costly-chronic conditions and their impact on Medicare, as well as how comprehensive reform to our nation's health care delivery system could better serve the Medicare population and reduce costs.

Discussion was based on a new Health Affairs article by Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D.; Lydia Ogden, M.A., M.P.P. and Katya Galactionova, M.A., which was partially funded by a grant from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

Speakers Included:

  • The Hon. David M. Walker, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and former Comptroller General of the United States
  • Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D., Executive Director, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease; Executive Director, Emory University’s Center for Entitlement Reform; and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
  • Mary Rubino (moderator), Senior Editor, Health Affairs

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View the PFCD Statement

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