Panel addresses increasing global costs of health care

AMSTERDAM — As the population ages and life expectancy increases, not only are people staying in the workforce longer but also aging bodies need tending for longer. Health care spending is accelerating in developed nations, resulting in a significant financial burden, Jim Mazzo, operating partner for Versant Ventures, said, while leading a panel discussion on global reimbursement challenges at the Ophthalmology Futures European Forum. Rising health care costs limit access to new technology and reimbursement, driving the need for alternative solutions for paying those costs, he said.

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