A strategy to fix healthcare

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Porter, Michael
Date of publication
1 January 2014
Health Services
Social welfare
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The central purpose of any healthcare system is delivering value for the patient. Value for patients means delivering excellent health outcomes, hopefully improving health outcomes, on the things that really matter to the patient, and doing that very, very efficiently. It’s the relationship between the outcomes we deliver and how many pounds we have to spend to deliver those outcomes that really represents the true north of any healthcare delivery system. If we’re improving value for the patients and if we can measure that and genuinely prove it, we’re succeeding. Value is the only goal that can unite the interests of all system participants. Improving value is the only real solution to reforming health care versus cost cutting per se, cost shifting to patients, restricting services, or reducing provider compensation.

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