Key Action #1: Promote prevention and wellness
Key Action #2: Revitalize and grow primary care
Key Action #3: Implement payment reform
Key Action #4: Achieve greater alignment of the health system
Key Action #5: Enhance health information
Why This Works
Meaningful healthcare reform to reduce costs: The Primary Connection
Health care in the U.S. is at a tipping point. Controlling runaway spending is critical to the future of our health
care system and economy.
The Milliman Medical Index reports health care costs for American families doubled from 2002 to 2011, and if
it continues at this pace, will represent nearly 70 percent of the median household income by 2021.
It’s estimated up to 75 percent of medical costs are due to chronic disease, largely driven by unhealthy lifestyles.
Approximately 30 percent of medical services in the U.S. don’t add value, and what’s more, only about half of
the necessary preventive health services are provided when needed most.
How to Make it Happen
Indicators and Action Plan
Enacting meaningful health reform requires a careful and balanced approach to improve quality, accompanied
by efforts to contain costs, eliminate wasteful spending and enhance efficiencies.
By “taking action to reshape the health of our community” we can place Western New York and our nation on
a path toward greater financial and health care security. The time to act is now. The viability of our health care
system and the economy are at stake.
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