Economists Debate Wisdom of Health Care Price Setting

In a Sept. 9 webinar hosted by the Brookings Institution and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, leading health care economists debated the value of government intervention in prices — and got into an extended argument about what makes U.S. health care prices so high in the first place.

The event was held in honor of the late Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt, who wrote the seminal 2003 health care economics paper “It’s the Prices, Stupid” and advocated for the U.S. to shift to an all-payer system along the lines of his native Germany, in which prices for health care services and products are subject to uniform schedules.

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Peter Johnson

Peter has been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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