Giving patients the right care at the right time

Far too many patients do not receive the care they need. An unacceptable portion of the care we receive is unsafe and even harmful. Too often doctors and consumers lack basic information about which treatments work best.

Giving patients the right care at the right time

New legislation or regulations, by themselves, can’t deliver better patient care. However, Consumers Union supports reforms can remove barriers and provide incentives to providers and health plans to adopt new practice methods. These reforms include aligning financial incentives with the provision of patientcentered care; developing common standards so it is less risky to invest in the needed technological infrastructure; requiring greater transparency of healthcare prices, quality, safety, treatment effectiveness, and business practices; and, most importantly, funding and evaluating “pilots” that improve our understanding of the deliver system changes that our country needs.
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