Health Insurer Suggests Ways To Save Government $500 Billion

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A major health insurer says the government can save big money on health care by sending patients to cheaper, more efficient doctors, reducing hospital visits by the elderly and cutting down on unnecessary care.

Those are among 15 suggestions made Wednesday by UnitedHealth Group, a Minnesota-based health company.

UnitedHealth's Simon Stevens said the suggestions could save $540 billion over 10 years, mostly through savings for the government's Medicare insurance program for the elderly.

The proposals come as Congress and the Obama administration are working on a major health care overhaul aiming to bring down costs and extend coverage to 50 million uninsured Americans.

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