ASU Insight: Are the baby boomers going to bust the health care system?

By

Ken Fagan

The healthcare system is rapidly reaching a point of insolvency, but if we fix it now the pain will be much less than if we wait until we're out of money.

That was one of the conclusions of a panel discussion Tuesday hosted by Zocalo Public Square and the Health Futures Council at Arizona State University that set out to answer the question: will the baby boomer generation bankrupt the healthcare system as we know it?

The panel was moderated by Wall Street Jounnal healthcare reporter Anna Wilde Mathews.

The panel included:

• G. Lawrence Atkins, PhD, Executive Director, Long-Term Quality Alliance and President, National Academy of Social Insurance
• Marjorie Baldwin, PhD, Professor, Department of Economics, W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU, Academic Director, Public Health Programs, College of Health Solutions at ASU
• Keith Dines, CEO, Arizona Integrated Physicians
• John Rother, President and CEO, National Coalition on Health Care

For more on the event, visit Zocalo Public Square .