West Health Aging and Policy Summit
Solving Our Healthcare Cost Crisis: Taking Bold Action and Creating Accountability to Save Costs and Improve Quality of Life
Wednesday, March 25 | 1:30–3:30 PM
The rising cost of healthcare in the United States is a growing crisis of epic proportions that undermines America’s economy, compromises care, drains resources and threatens financial security. Every dollar wasted on an expensive and inefficient healthcare system is a dollar that cannot be used elsewhere in the economy. Seniors, especially the most vulnerable, bear the brunt of the high cost of healthcare.
To tackle this critical issue, it is imperative to understand why the U.S. is spending so much on healthcare, gain in-depth knowledge of the cost drivers and identify policies that can slow the trajectory of cost while improving patient access and quality of care, with special consideration toward vulnerable seniors in this country.
Leading researchers and healthcare experts will debate and discuss timely impressing issues facing our nation covered in the recently published Generations supplement underwritten by West Health—a family of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations dedicated to enabling successful aging and lowering healthcare costs in this country—providing various perspectives on the solutions to reduce healthcare costs and provide quality value-driven care for seniors. This discussion will take place in the context of policy proposals under consideration, including plans to lower drug costs and improve seniors’ care.
Tim Lash, MBA, Chief Strategy Officer, West Health, and President, West Health Policy Center
Shelley Lyford, President and CEO, West Health, the Gary and Mary West Foundation and the West Health Institute.