Health spending as a share of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) has climbed steadily over the past half-century.

Health spending as a share of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) has climbed steadily over the past half-century. Today, it constitutes 18 percent of GDP, up from 14 percent in 2000 and 5 percent in 1960, and we are well on our way to 21 percent by 2023, based on current projections. This increased dedication of economic resources to the health sector, however, is not yielding commensurate value in terms of improving population health or patients’ experiences with care. What does this new report from the Commonwealth Fund suggest as ways that we can address the increase of healthcare costs in the U.S.? The report includes specific recommendations. What do you think of these recommendations?