Concern about the state of the American health care system has reached a slow boil. Health care consistently ranks among the top three issues that the American public wants policy makers to address, and it is increasingly intertwined with growing worries about economic insecurity.
High costs, gap-ridden coverage, and sporadic quality are the health care problems that most concern Americans. Yet most of the policy discussion is focused on the issue of coverage. To ensure that the other problems are not forgotten, the Center for American Progress and the Institute on Medicine as a Profession partnered to develop the book, The Health Care Delivery System: A Blueprint for Reform, which offers recommendations and pathways to systemically promote efficiency, quality, patient-centeredness, and other characteristics of a high-performing health system. Its blueprint includes the vision for how different parts of the system should be structured and should function. It also proposes specific policies that the next administration and Congress could adopt to set change in motion over the next five years.
This event and book will ensure that when the opportunity presents itself, the next administration will be ready with grounded policies that are more than patches and can serve as pathways toward the high-performing health system that is not just possible, but essential, to better health and a prospering economy.
Introductions and Overview:
John Podesta, Center for American Progress
David Rothman, Institute on Medicine as a Profession
Bob Berenson, Urban Institute
David Blumenthal, Institute for Health Policy and Physician
Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Ways and Means Committee
Karen Davenport, Center for American Progress
Paul Ginsburg, Center for Studying Health System Change
Katherine Hayes, Jennings Policy Strategies, Inc.
Judy Hibbard, University of Oregon
Discussion Moderated by:
Jeanne Lambrew, Center for American Progress