The U.S. health system faces challenges including inefficiencies, escalating costs and variations in health care quality, access and results. Wide agreement exists that the system needs transforming. A reformed system would deliver better care at lower costs without disparities from one health organization and community to another. It would reward value before volume, quality before quantity and organized delivery over disorganized care. It would also focus on patient needs and safety as top priorities.
A health system that delivers quality care more affordably is possible. State legislatures play important roles in cutting wasteful spending while improving their own state’s health systems. With support from The Commonwealth Fund, NCSL's new issue brief highlights seven target areas and strategies that have demonstrated results in states that are implementing them.
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