The Crisis of Affordability in California’s Health Care

The ongoing discussion on the rising cost of healthcare in California has brought together important data to explain the affordability crisis. This resource covers the causes, impact and potential solutions to this problem. Readers are encouraged to delve deeper into the source reports for more information.

The section discusses the problem of escalating healthcare costs in California, highlighting that while high or growing healthcare spending may be beneficial if it means better care, excessive spending does not necessarily result in improved care. Experts believe that excess spending can be reduced without compromising access to care or its quality.

This section identifies the sources of excess spending in the healthcare system, with independent research estimating that 20-25% of healthcare spending in California is excessive, amounting to approximately $81 billion to $101 billion annually. It also highlights the major drivers of excess spending and provides examples to illustrate this point.

The section discusses the impact of high healthcare costs on Californians, detailing how families feel the financial strain through higher insurance premiums and deductibles, lost wages and taxes. It also highlights how healthcare has become unaffordable for many, particularly affecting Black and Latino/x Californians as well as those with lower incomes.

Finally, this section focuses on potential solutions to the healthcare affordability crisis by highlighting policy and regulatory options available to California’s Office of Health Care Affordability in addressing this issue.

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