Health Reform Forum Members Put Concerns on Table

Monday, March 9th, 2009
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

National momentum for healthcare reform continued to build with last week’s White House Forum on Health Reform. The event brought together more than 100 doctors, patients, business leaders and insurers to discuss ideas on how to bring down healthcare costs and increase coverage. I watched a breakout session — one of five — moderated by Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes and Dr. Bob Kocher of the National Economic Council. Session participants — a mix of legislators, providers and community stakeholders — had a chance to present their constituencies’ major concerns, which included a larger role for preventive care, provider reimbursement, health IT, quality improvement and care access. You can follow healthcare reform on the new HHS Web site healthreform.gov, the creation of which is a featured story in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update. HHS has posted the top five concerns of 30,000 Americans who participated in healthcare community discussions late last year:

  • Cost of health insurance (31 percent)
  • Cost of healthcare services (24 percent)
  • Lack of emphasis on prevention (20 percent)
  • Difficulty of finding health insurance due to pre-existing conditions (13 percent)
  • Quality of care (12 percent)

Seems like reformers and consumers are on the same page, at least for now. As reform moves forward, it will be interesting to see whether this alignment continues.

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