Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

Surgery outpaces pharmaceutical costs as the single biggest health care expense, according to the doctor heading the fight to contain costs for Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase.

Dr. Atul Gawande, the surgeon named to head the company formed in an effort to cut employee health care costs, said at the annual meeting of America’s Health Insurance Plans, “We are screaming right now about pharmaceutical costs … and that is just 10 percent” of all U.S. health care spending, Reuters reports. The report also cites him pointing out “how patients faced with a $200 drug co-pay see that as standing between them and their health.”


Join BenefitsPRO

Don’t miss crucial news and insights you need to navigate the shifting employee benefits industry. Join BenefitsPRO.com now!

  • Unlimited access to BenefitsPRO.com - your roadmap to thriving in a disrupted environment
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com
  • Exclusive discounts on BenefitsPRO.com and ALM events.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join BenefitsPRO

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.