Its going to take more than universal health insurance to reform the healthcare system, according to a report released by the Commonwealth Fund.
The report, A High Performance Health System for the United States: An Ambitious Agenda for the Next President, issued by the funds Commission on a High Performance Health System, made several recommendations to the next U.S. president. It highlighted the fact that universal coverage is just one part of the solution. In addition, the incoming president should establish health policies to reform provider payments, such as rewarding high-quality care; better organize and coordinate care delivery; and invest in an electronic information system over a five-year period as well as other quality and efficiency tools, such as public reporting and evidence-based medicine.
Also, the next president should provide the national leadership and coordination among government and the private sector to achieve national goals for a high-performance healthcare system, according to the report.
This report outlines how essential it is that we pursue improvements in healthcare quality and efficiency at the same time as we pursue universal coverage, said James Mongan, commission chairman and chief executive officer of Partners HealthCare System. We cannot and should not hold either of these facets of reform hostage while we wait for the other to happen. -- by Jennifer Lubell
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