March 06, 2017 02:47 pm Michael Laff – New payment models and dedicated efforts to coordinate care are changing the delivery of health care, but more progress needs to be made, primary care physicians said at a recent forum on health policy.
“Primary care has been overlooked for too long in discussions about health care reform,” said National Coalition on Health Care President and CEO John Rother, J.D., during the March 1 event in the Dirksen Senate Office Building titled “Primary Care: Its Essential Role in Value-based Health Care.”
AAFP President-elect Michael Munger, M.D., of Overland Park, Kan., spelled out key areas that need improvement. For instance, the United States has much lower average life expectancy than other developed countries despite outspending all other industrialized nations on health care. Wasteful spending in the nation’s health care system(www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) — $765 billion a year — is equal to the gross domestic product of the Netherlands. The figure includes $210 billion in unnecessary services, $130 billion in inefficient care delivery and $190 billion in excess administrative costs.
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