Policy Forum

Can Health Insurance Innovations Reduce Prices and Drive Cost‐​Effective Care?

March 29, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT

Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute

Featuring James C. Robinson, Leonard D. Schaeffer Endowed Chair in Health Economics and Policy; Director, Berkeley Center for Health Technology, University of California–Berkeley; Mark V. Pauly, Bendheim Professor of Health Care Management, Business Economics, and Public Policy, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania; moderated by Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

Third‐​party payers, private and public, have difficulty restraining healthcare prices, which are typically opaque and all over the place. A new insurance feature — known as “reference pricing” or “reverse deductibles” — has dramatically reduced prices, made prices more transparent to consumers, and spurred consumers to switch to lower‐​cost providers, all by making consumers cost‐​conscious. Please join us as we discuss this new innovation and direction in health‐​care pricing.