Posted 5/7/12 by Common Good
This week America the Fixable focuses on healthcare. Our contributors will tackle the most challenging questions about the cost and quality of care with bold solutions. Philip K. Howard, founder and chair of Common Good, introduces the issue with an essay proposing innovative ideas to fix American healthcare.
"Distrust of justice is pervasive among doctors and care providers," Howard writes. He argues on behalf of creating specialized health courts to handle medical claims: "What's needed is a system of health justice that is reliable: it must be trusted to reliably sort good care from bad care."
Howard also proposes serious reform for healthcare providers: "The way to align incentives, many experts agree, is by providing care through a single provider....Instead of being paid a fee for each service, the provider is paid a fixed annual price to do everything for the patient (with limited exceptions for catastrophic care). Instead of making more money by dialysis and amputation of limbs of patients with diabetes, the provider now has an incentive to keep the patient healthier by nudging them towards better lifestyles."
"America the Fixable" is an online magazine collaboration between The Atlantic and Common Good. It provides a bipartisan forum for the presentation of bold, new ideas to reform America's governmental and legal system--ideas that need to be part of the 2012 debate.Comment ›