The Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy has wrapped up three days of hearings on why health care costs in the state are rising so fast. The hearings were held on the UMass Boston campus. WFCR’s Kevin McNicholas was there.
The final day of public hearings in Boston on why health care costs are so high and what can be done about them has concluded. Among the participants was Nancy Turnbull, a Harvard health policy expert and member of the State Connector board overseeing Massachusetts health reform. She told WFCR’s Karen Brown that Massachusetts’ healthcare costs more than nationally, in part, because more people get high-tech, advanced treatment from expensive settings, including world-famous teaching hospitals.