5. Common Sense Health Care Policies and Regulation must drive access to care for all. For example, the Affordable Care Act has provided health care coverage for over half a million North Carolinians who otherwise would not have access to care today. We need policies that will improve the quality of care for all, like interoperability standards that will finally allow our varied records systems to speak to each other and make maximum use of data.
We need policies that drive affordability, like payment reform that will allow us to accelerate to value and drive down the cost of care. Let’s work on drug pricing and other policies that encourage – or at least do not stifle – health care innovation.
In order to transform our health care system to be best in class, there are at least five ingredients critical to success. They are key to better, simpler and more affordable health care. It is time for us to take these ingredients and work together to create a more equitable, affordable system that works for all of us. The Time is Now!