The crisis of affordability: A panel discussion

Presidential Ballroom

In the absence of downward pressure on prices of drugs, tests, and procedures, health care prices are rising to whatever the market will bear. But these prices are far beyond what patients can bear, as evidenced by medical debt, bankruptcies, self-rationing, and other hardships that patients face. What can we do about this crucial problem?

Panelists Ali Greenberg, Reshma Ramachandran, and Jeanne Pinder discuss actionable solutions to health care unaffordability, including data journalism for transparency, community organizing to put pressure on drug companies that use publicly funded research, and more.


  • Bruce E. Landon, MD, MBA, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Alexandra Greenberg, MSPH, Global Executive Committee, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines
  • Reshma Ramachandran, MD, MPP, National Physicians Alliance
  • Jeanne Pinder, Clear Health Costs


MODERATOR: Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Kaiser Health News


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