Health care reform & Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente believes that all Americans should have access to affordable, high-quality health care coverage. This coverage should include prevention, chronic disease management and protection from catastrophic illness. Universal coverage will improve health outcomes, the efficiency of the system and reduce current health disparities.
Let’s fix the system
To keep coverage affordable and really fix our broken health care system, we must change the way we deliver and pay for health care. Financial incentives must be changed so that plans compete on quality and efficiency; so that providers are rewarded for quality and keeping their patients healthy, rather than for the volume of services delivered; and so that individuals are encouraged to seek high-quality care and to be more actively involved in maintaining their own health.
High-tech and high-touch together
A reformed health care delivery system should assure that patients receive the right care at the right time and in the right amount. Provider payment reform should promote greater coordination and collaboration of care and the use of decision support tools, such as electronic health records. Reform should promote improved management of chronic conditions and reward prevention and early detection.
In addition, health reform should address the root causes of poor health, by promoting public health policy, community health services and workplace efforts that support healthier lifestyles. As a nation, we can improve health care access, reduce costs and ensure quality care for all.
For more information, read about how we're talking to our members about health care reform by visiting our website at www.kp.org/reform.