The American College of Physicians today released a set of recommendations aimed at providing a forward-thinking agenda for health care reform, ‘A Prescription for a Forward-Looking Agenda to Improve American Health Care.’ The paper articulates ACP’s view that now is the time to move away from the debate over repealing and replacing the ACA, and instead, urges Congress and the administration to join with ACP and others to create and implement a forward-looking agenda to improve American health care.
“Patients need to have coverage and access and existing gaps need to be closed, but they need other things, too. They need an effective health care system that puts their health and well-being first,” said ACP President, Jack Ende, MD, MACP. “Our paper offers specific policies to make this happen.”
The paper details the 7 key elements of an effective health care system:
- expanding access and coverage;
- bringing greater value for the dollars spent;
- reducing the crushing administrative burden on physicians and patients;
- leveraging technology to improve patient care;
- supporting a well-trained physician workforce;
- reducing barriers to care of patients with chronic diseases; and,
- supporting scientific research and policies to improve public health.
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