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Officials say state must curb health cost
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Boston Globe - Boston, Mass.
Subjects: Compulsory insurance; Conferences; Budgeting; Health care expenditures; Cost control
Author: Dembner, Alice
Date: May 15, 2007
Start Page: B.4
Section: Metro
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"If we do not constrain healthcare costs, the system we worked so hard to create and implement will collapse," she said, at the forum at the Kennedy Library sponsored by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, and the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute.

"The evidence is that they work but can take a long time," said Stuart Altman, a professor of health policy at Brandeis University, who helped moderate the forum. Speaking in an interview after the forum, he said, "In the short term, the questions we need to answer are: Do we need all the care we're getting? Are we paying the right amount to the right people?"

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