Health Care For All executive director Amy Rosenthal said the report “not only diagnoses the problems, it points to the policy changes needed to address them head on by strengthening accountability for high overall health care spending, constraining excessive hospital and prescription drug prices, and making care more affordable for individuals and families.” Rosenthal said the HPC’s recommendations “mirror” bills that her group supports.

Though it exceeded the state’s benchmark, the 4.3 percent health care spending growth rate in Massachusetts landed below the national rate of 4.7 percent in 2019, which the HPC said continues a trend observed since 2010.

The commission plans to further dive into issues raised in the report at its annual cost trends hearing, scheduled for Nov. 17.

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