The best chance of achieving an efficient, high-performing healthcare system is to build on a mix of existing private and public insurance programs, sharing costs among employers, individuals, government and providers, according to a report by the Commonwealth Funds Commission on a High Performance Health System.
The commission, made up of health policy experts from industry, government, academia and associations, concluded in the 68-page report that universal coverage is essential to cost containment, and that all Americans should be required to carry health insurance.
We really need to pull everyone into the system, said Sara Collins, an assistant vice president at the Commonwealth Fund and lead author of the report. But the individual mandate has to be coupled with affordability.
The report also recommends that people retain their ability to choose providers and that broad groups of people be pooled together to spread coverage risk. -- by Rebecca Vesely