Drug companies consistently set high prices, which forces families to make impossible choices between their health care and other basic needs. Drug companies set exorbitant prices by design to maximize their profits, while making misleading claims that high prices simply fund innovative new drugs. Despite this gaming, our political system makes it easy for drug companies to continue exploitative pricing. This piece explains how our current drug pricing system leads to unaffordable prescription drugs, and ultimately harms people’s health.
Families USA, Mental Health America, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the National Council for Behavioral Health are four nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations that represent health care consumers, including those with mental health and substance use disorders. We have joined together to bring attention to a heath care policy put forth by the Trump administration that expands short-term health insurance plans.
A set of principles laying out Families USA’s vision for health system transformation that achieves the triple aim of better care, lower cost, and better health. Health care stakeholders can use these to inform policy decisions.
Families USA and the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) have produced a new series of consumer guides to help patients and clinicians focus on which tests or treatments to choose when several reasonable options exist.
Defines what quality health care is and explains why measuring health care quality is important. Discusses five ways that quality measurement can improve health care.
Learn about two types of health insurance models that insurers are implementing to encourage consumers to take a more active role in their health, and find out which model is more effective and why.