A Vision For Health System Change And... How To Bring It About
Recorded on March 2, 2004
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium
America's health care system is in crisis. Costs are soaring.
Millions are without coverage. Millions more fear losing the
coverage they have. There is dissatisfaction among doctors and
hospitals, employers and insurers, labor and management, state
legislators and members of Congress, and millions of patients. What
would America's health care system be like if we could fix what is
wrong and build on what is right? Can we achieve universal
coverage? Can we put the patient in charge of basic health care
decisions? Can we eliminate the hassle factor facing doctors? What
is the Vision for Health System Change?
What steps must policymakers take to bring about a change where
patients exercise greater control over their health care decisions?
What is the role of health care tax credits and health savings
accounts? What is the mix of existing public and private programs?
Is there a role for voluntary purchasing cooperatives or state
sponsored risk pools? What changes should be made in the health