Another angle that I’d like to discuss is the issue of cost. Within the problem statement “The reason is simple: In its current form, American healthcare is not sustainable,” preventive measures should be considered. Once an individual gets to a point where care is necessary, and sometimes chronic care, it’s too late to avoid costs. Then we can all go down the path of fragmented care, etc., but that’s a problem that will be solved with ACO. I’d like to see a commission assigned to work with the CMS, major insurers, and federal and state governments to address the need for preventive measures in healthcare and reward individuals and potentially other stakeholders for preventing illness, and promoting healthy lifestyles. This goes back to my original premise, “In life, you get what you reward.”
Healthcare market lead Freescale Semiconductor Tempe, Ariz.