Value and why it Matters
What Is Health Care Value?
In short, it’s the measure of what you get for the money you put into your health care.
The Benefits of Health Care Value
A high-value U.S. health care system would provide all people living across the nation with affordable, high-quality, consumer-centered health care and the best health possible. At Families USA, “value” is our call to action to fix the cost and quality of America’s broken health care system.
The Center for Affordable Whole-Person Care
Families USA’s new Center for Affordable Whole Person Care marks a pivotal moment in the health care value movement: an unequivocal declaration that a just system of health care is contingent on redesigning economic incentives to serve the interests of people. This underlies our commitment to holding the health care industry accountable for delivering affordable, equitable, high-quality health care and health that all people living in our nation deserve.
Our work through the Center will focus on three overarching principles:
- State and federal policies should reform the economic incentives of the health care system to ensure business interests are only achieved when consumer interests are.
- A powerful, unified national consumer-led movement is essential to ensuring policymakers enact meaningful policy changes that uproot the fundamental economic distortions in health care payment and delivery that drive unaffordable and inequitable low-quality care.
- Health care payment and delivery must be reoriented to deliver whole-person, holistic health.
You can learn more about the Center for Affordable Whole-Person Care by reading our Policy Agenda.
A High-Value System means you pay a reasonable amount for good quality services, experiences, and outcomes.
A Low-Value System means you pay a lot of money without getting a good return on that investment.
A CORE FOCUS AREA
Value is at the heart of Families USA’s organizational mission—achieving affordable, high-quality health care and improved health for all.
This vision is threatened by alarming and persistent increases in health care costs without any improvement in quality or meaningful health outcomes. Importantly, health justice for all cannot be achieved unless we take bold action to solve the challenges in delivering and paying for services posed by our current system.
FAMILIES USA’S VALUE GOALS
Every child, every family, every individual should have access to quality affordable health care and shouldn’t face financial ruin if they need care.
Instead of promoting a large volume of expensive tests, procedures and high-cost services; the sytem should be preventing illness, addressing behavioral health needs, mitigating adverse childhood experiences, addressing the social drivers of health and helping people live to their fullest potential.
system is patient- and
The system should be equipped with the tools and resources to deliver team- and community-based health care that puts the needs of people at the center of health care payment and delivery, rather than meeting the needs of the system.
structure that is more fair and
equitable for everyone.
Too many people have been shut out of quality care due to cost, coverage, what we look like, where we’re from, how we identify, and other factors.
RECENT BIG WINS ON THE PATH TO HIGH-VALUE CARE
04.15.2021 / Issue Brief