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Views on costs and reform from the "dean of American health care economists"

I always love hearing what Stanford health economist Victor Fuchs, PhD, has to say about health care (I've been lucky enough to interview him numerous times over the years), so I happily dove into a New York Times piece on Fuchs that came across my desk just a few moments ago. In the Q&A, Fuchs tells writer Gina Kolata why we pay so much for health care, what we can do to improve our health-care system and how major changes likely won't occur until something major outside of health care happens (which is something he also emphasized to me for an article I penned on reform several years back). And I especially appreciated his first quote, which is very Fuchs-like:

“If we solve our health care spending, practically all of our fiscal problems go away,” said Fuchs... And if we don’t? “Then almost anything else we do will not solve our fiscal problems.”

Previously: Health economist Victor Fuchs looks at Who Shall Live, Victor Fuchs talks health-care costs and reform in Q&A and Health economists give Obama their two cents on reform

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