Health Policy

Delivering more health care value requires a focus — from policymakers, health care providers and consumers themselves — on the whole person and episode of care rather than on the treatment. Integrating health care with community-based support can deliver better health outcomes at a lower cost.

The United States has come to a fork in the road regarding its spending on health care – it can choose a route of fewer benefits and less affordability, or choose a route of making the system work better and more efficiently. These are the important policy choices facing both the public and private sectors, said Dr. David Blumenthal, president of The Commonwealth Fund, who delivered the 2014 Mark McKenna Health Care Management Lecture recently at the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Even as the U.S. begins implementation of one of the most comprehensive healthcare policies ever passed, Regina Herzlinger, a leading researcher and long-time advocate of consumer-driven healthcare, argues that policy cannot fix the broken healthcare system. Speaking at a conference hosted by the W. P. Carey School of Business, Herzlinger said it will be consumer-focused entrepreneurial innovation that fixes the system — providing that politicians, providers, insurers, and others with vested interests in the status quo get out of the way.