Transforming America’s healthcare system

By Toya M. Sledd, MPH, MBA

National Priorities Partnership targets key areas for change

The United States currently spends twice per capita what other major industrialized countries spend on health care, and costs continue to rise faster than income. But politicians and media are quick to point out that this spending does not translate to results. U.S. performance on measures of health system efficiency remains especially low, scoring 53 out of 100 on measures gauging inappropriate, wasteful, or fragmented care; avoidable hospitalizations; variation in quality and costs; administrative costs; and use of information technology.

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