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Mass. Health Care Debate Pits Cost vs. Quality - and Young vs. Old

Originally published in The Boston Globe

May 17, 2012
Edward Glaeser (Director, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston)

Though education spared Massachusetts the fate of other former industrial states, like Michigan, we have an odd way of showing that our future depends on human capital. In 2001, the Commonwealth spent $8.3 billion (in current dollars) on education and a larger but still comparable amount, $10.8 billion, on health care. But in Governor Patrick's 2013 budget, the gap is far wider: The $15.2 billion for health care is more that double the $6.9 billion he proposes for education. More > (Need Boston Globe subscription)

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