Highlights from the June 2021 AMA Special Meeting

Catch up with the news and other key moments from the AMA House of Delegates’ virtual meeting. The June 2021 AMA Special Meeting ran June 11–16.

For a briefer rundown, check out this list of our top 10 stories from the Special Meeting.

I also filed these stories from the meeting:

U.S. health spending grew at 4.6% pace before pandemic hit

A detailed recent report from the AMA provides a revealing window into U.S. health care spending trends before the pandemic’s onset and offers a preliminary glimpse at COVID-19’s impact throughout 2020.

Drawing on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the AMA Policy Research Perspective, “National Health Expenditures, 2019: Steady Spending Growth Despite Increases in Personal Health Care Expenditures in Advance of the Pandemic,” shows that health spending in 2019 accounted for 17.7% of U.S. gross domestic product. Health care spending increased by 4.6% in 2019 to $3.8 trillion—$11,582 for each person.

My latest for the AMA. The whole shebang.