People living in the United States have access to some of the best medical care in the world, from life-saving drugs, to advanced medical devices, to cutting-edge surgical techniques. But our health system is seriously flawed, with out of control costs leaving many Americans spending more but often receiving substandard care, or care that is not based on best evidence.
We can do better. We need to shift incentives toward high-quality care outcomes rather than paying for more treatment that adds no value. We have the knowledge to stop paying for treatments that do not work and instead support care that improves health. We must hold insurance companies accountable to ensure they are delivering on their commitments to members. And we must drive down the cost of prescription drugs.
If we do that, our system will cost less by spending money where necessary to improve health. And that gives people security and meaningful control over decisions related to their health.