Health care reform has been a major topic of conversation at the national level for years, but there has been little focus on how state-level reforms can empower patients and consumers with the information they need to find high quality, affordable health care options. A new collection of essays released by the Manhattan Institute explains how local reforms, spurred by government and the private sector, can drastically improve the quality of health care patients receive.
The essays focus on health care in New York State - where exorbitant health care spending, including on one of America’s most expensive Medicaid programs, and world-class medical facilities produce health care outcomes that are mediocre at best.
New York’s Next Health Care Revolution: How Employers Can Empower Patients and Consumers, edited by Paul Howard, director of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Medical Progress, and David Goldhill, president and CEO of the Game Show Network, explains why this is the case—and the reforms necessary to implement consumer-driven health care in New York. The essays are:
- Chapter 1: New York at the Crossroads: Big Challenges, Bigger Opportunities- Laurel Pickering, president and CEO of the Northeast Business Group on Health, highlights the most distinctive features of New York’s current health care market.
- Chapter 2: Bringing Effective Competition to New York’s Health Care System- Joseph Antos, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, examines how limited competition between providers produces mediocre health outcomes in the Empire State.
- Chapter 3: The Power of Knowledge: Arming Patients With Safety, Quality, and Pricing Data - Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, details the frightening scarcity of publicly available information on provider safety.
- Chapter 4: Leveraging Technology: The New Lifeblood of Health Care- Mario Schlosser, cofounder and CEO of Oscar Health Insurance, explains how technology can transform New York’s health care outcomes.
- Chapter 5: Private Insurance Exchanges: How New York Employers and Policy Makers Can Leverage New Reimbursement and Delivery Reforms- Robert Moffit, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Health Policy Studies, discusses the untapped potential of private health-insurance exchanges.