With Members of Congress back at work this week, it’s clear that healthcare policy will be a major area of focus in 2017. In his latest op-ed published in STAT, Jim Robinson, president, Astellas Americas, encourages policymakers to ask three questions during future reform efforts:
- How do we ensure that individual patients gain access to the highest quality care possible?
- What can be done to simplify healthcare and make it more consumer-friendly, transparent and efficient?
- How do we rethink incentives across the system — with an emphasis on strengthening the competitive marketplace?
Building on his recent commentary that encourages a greater system-wide focus on the patient, Jim highlights the need for a candid conversation on the difference between insurance coverage and access to needed medicines. He suggests that policymakers focused on the wrong questions during the last health reform push and notes the importance of moving beyond an ideological debate when it comes to improving the healthcare system.
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