THE ISSUE: The costs of health care for individuals and companies are staggering. As a nation we spend 17 percent of GDP – up to twice what other developed countries spend – for results that are no better, and in many cases worse.
We pay health care providers according to how many procedures they perform, rather than for delivering better patient outcomes.
Too often, public policy ideas that affect care are formulated with nary a doctor, nurse, insurance industry customer-service rep, social worker or cultural anthropologist at the table. These people know more than anyone how individuals and families interact with the health care system.
We need a new approach.
CREATING THE RIGHT INCENTIVES: Hope Street Group is leading a national conversation among health care deliverers and stakeholders about how to reform our system of primary care.
Why primary care? For many, primary care is the first and most frequent point of patient contact. As such, primary care gives us the best vantage point to impact the health system as a whole. Reinvent primary care, and we can fundamentally shift the entire health care ecosystem toward lower costs and better health outcomes.
Hope Street Group brings together diverse stakeholders to uncover common ground, advance new thinking and craft pragmatic and compelling policy recommendations that improve economic opportunity for all Americans.