State regulations spike health care costs, experts say

(The Center Square) — Pennsylvania’s above-average health care costs and per-capita spending have risen almost 30% since a decade ago.

Figuring out how to drive down those costs while improving access weighs heavy on policy makers and researchers.

The Commonwealth Foundation, in an online event on Wednesday, argued that creating a personal option, where people can customize health care plans and reduce bureaucracy, could improve the state’s health care system.

“There’s a misunderstanding that health care is all federal now, but there’s a lot that Pennsylvania can do,” said Elizabeth Stelle, director of policy analysis at the Commonwealth Foundation.

Change may be an inevitability; state spending on Medicaid has grown dramatically from about $11 billion in 2000 to almost $47 billion now.

Dr. Kimberly Legg-Corba, who runs a direct primary care office in the Lehigh Valley, argued the current approach of insurance companies covering all health care services isn’t working.

“When patients
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