The main goal of this board, including consumers, employers, providers and health care experts, will be to make sure Massachusetts meets the new goal of keeping health care spending in line with the state’s overall economic growth. Governor Patrick swore in commission members this morning.
“It’s important for them to realize that they’ve been called to this moment by history. We a model for national health care reform in terms of access. And in terms of cost control, we’re going to be a model for the country on how to crack that code,” he said.
The board’s chairman, Prof. Stuart Altman, a Brandeis economist, asked members to make sure they represent the interests of the state as a whole, not their special interests on health care spending.