|Great reading abounds about the importance of transparency and access, and the role and burden of patient engagement in guiding everything from innovation and delivery to the design of our healthcare delivery system. In Washington and in the state capitals, debate is ongoing about the "right way" to transform the healthcare system. Whether policy makers are talking about block grants vs. value-based reimbursement; essential benefits vs. VBID; individual coverage policies vs. HSAs and HDHPs. It's all jargon to the average citizen who is experiencing or managing a health condition, whether episodic or chronic.
A truly patient-focused and patient-centered policy landscape must first acknowledge that access is not just about "choice" but also includes far more complex factors such as geography, technology, price and issues such as transportation, health literacy and nutrition (just to name a few).
Effective policies must address all of these elements to Make America Healthy Again.