Monday, April 5, 2010

What's the forecast for health care costs?

It's no secret that medical costs have escalated in the U.S. On average, we spend more per person on health care than both food and housing. Insurance premiums are multiplying much faster than inflation, which prevents economic growth and leaves businesses with less money to give raises or hire more employees. Many people have differing views on the viable solution, but there is one thing most agree on - something had to be done.

In an effort to keep you informed, the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber will host a “Healthcare Forecast” on Thursday, April 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Townsend Hotel. The luncheon session will feature a panel discussion focused on the current state and future impact of health care in the United States. Panelists will include a senior-level representative from a local hospital, a small business owner and an individual who can speak to the changes we, as citizens, will encounter.

The Forecast Series has become an important forum for those who work and live in the area to stay informed, learn about trends and meet industry experts. All Forecast Luncheons are held at the Townsend Hotel from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and include lunch. Individual registration is required: $50 Chamber Members; $60 Nonmembers. In addition to individual reservations, corporate tables are available. Reservations are required three business days in advance and can be made online at or by calling the Chamber at (248) 644-1700.

Carrie Zarotney is president of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber.

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