The Health Insurance Association of America released a set of recommendations for containing healthcare costs that it said could reduce U.S. healthcare spending by up to $258 billion per year. Greater use of science-based medicine and information technology could save the healthcare system up to $100 billion a year, the HIAA said. Meanwhile, reforming medical malpractice law could save up to $133 billion annually by reducing malpractice costs and the use of defensive medicine, the association said. The association also released a survey showing that Americans rank healthcare costs as the nation's top health-related issue. U.S. healthcare spending totaled $1.4 trillion in 2001. Other reforms advocated by the HIAA included reduced government mandates, greater patient participation in healthcare decisions and awareness of healthcare costs, and expanded Medicare and Medicaid eligibility. Read the cost-control proposal. -- by Tony Fong
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