MA health officials propose better ways to treat patients

With the COVID-19 public health emergency over, state officials and organizations are struggling to restore a Massachusetts healthcare industry experiencing staff shortages and high levels of worker burnout factors that prevent some residents from accessing the necessary health care.

Healthcare professionals say it’s time for the industry to change.

All sectors are hurting,[but]I don’t think we should give healthcare a lift to continue to see increases greater than those experienced by the broad economy, said Don Berwick, president emeritus and senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare. , during a recent meeting of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. I think something has to change the dynamics of this healthcare market.

Don Berwick

Historically, Massachusetts continues to be an outlier in health care costs compared to other states. According to the Center for Health Information and Analysis, the state’s total health care spending was nearly $69 billion in 2021, up 3.2 percent from a year earlier.

To counter the increase, the Health Policy Commission met to set a new benchmark for cost growth in April. Taking into account all spending from both public and private sources, the benchmark represents a measurable goal for annual spending moderation.

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