Morning Consult: The Key to Addressing Rising Health Care Costs Is Patient-Centered Evidence
Few issues inspire more bipartisan concern than the rising cost of health care in the United States. To address this challenge, we must recognize that it is rooted in a simple fact: The overwhelming share of our health spending, 71 percent, goes toward care to help people living with multiple chronic conditions.
Understanding this fact fundamentally shifts the paradigm in how to approach America’s health care challenges. We can create an affordable, high-quality health care system by providing more effective and efficient care to those with chronic conditions while maintaining a focus on communicable and rare diseases that affect millions of Americans. To lower costs, we should ask how we can achieve better health outcomes for these individuals — by prioritizing prevention, accelerating recovery and mitigating economic and other burdens.