Successful health care reform must solve these 3 problems

Whether the ACA is repealed or replaced, health care is too expensive and access is difficult, says BenefitsPRO Broker Expo keynote speaker and health policy expert.

The American health care system may have a myriad of problems, but health care expert Aaron Carroll said we sometimes make the issue more complicated than is needed.

Carroll, who is the director of the Center for Health Policy, Indiana University School of Medicine, served as the opening keynote at the BenefitsPRO Broker Expo in Indianapolis.

Cost, however, is the biggest barrier to access, and that barrier stretches across socioeconomic lines. About one-third of all Americans neglect care because of costs. The richer half of Americans are more likely to forego filling a prescription or going to a doctor when compared to the poorest people in other OECD countries.

While health care spending growth has slowed in the U.S. the last few years, it remains two to three times above what other countries spend.

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