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Achieving a US health care system 'second to none'
Date:1/31/2008

t high quality and efficient care.

  • Patients would be able to receive unbiased information on quality and costs and be rewarded with positive incentives to use health care wisely.

  • Paper claims would disappear and be replaced with a simple electronic billing system that all insurers would honorjust like all banks honor ATM cards.

  • Patients and their physicians would have electronic health records to provide them with evidence-based treatment guidelines, laboratory and diagnostic test results, medication lists, and medical histories at the point of care.

  • Patients and doctors would be able to choose among different treatment options based on independent research on their clinical effectiveness, costs and benefits compared to each other.

  • Patients and physicians would have access to the latest medical advances resulting from scientific research.

Most importantly, patients in the U.S. would have accessible, high quality, equitable, and efficient care that is the envy of the world.

Americans, by our nature, do not like to be second best to anyone, ACPs State of the Nations Health Care briefing concluded. It said that, instead of accepting a health care system that ranks well below other democratic and industrialized nations, voters should insist that our politicians pledge to support policies that will create the best health care system in the world.


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Contact: David Kinsman
dkinsman@acponline.org
202-261-4554
American College of Physicians
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