1. What are the trends in health care spending, both historically and projected for the future?
2. Are health care costs too high, or are we simply expecting more health care services as consumers?
3. How does U.S. spending on health care compare among regions within our nation and with other developed nations?
4. With the current state of the economy, do you anticipate continued growth in health care spending? Why or why not?
5. What are some short-term suggestions to slow health care spending?
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