Affordability Framework

Costs of Care seeks to improve patient affordability. This will require many systemic changes. We all have a role to play. Our team has started the conversation by developing “key components for health care systems to address patient affordability”.

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Costs of Care believes that every person should be able to receive needed healthcare without payment concerns. Crises such as COVID-19 highlight the extreme vulnerabilities in our healthcare system, including how risky high out-of-pocket costs can be for patients on a routine basis.  

In the U.S., patients often appropriately worry about receiving bills for unexpectedly large amounts following routine healthcare services.

As Dr. Aaron Carroll explains in New York Timescost-sharing is not only potentially dangerous in this current situation with coronavirus, but it also exposes the underlying problems with this mechanism for everyday Americans making everyday medical decisions with their physicians and healthcare providers.

Americans should be able to trust that when we need it the most, our healthcare will be accessible and affordable. Nobody should be forced to choose between their life and their life-savings.

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Working together we can improve the safety, affordability and experience of healthcare.

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Costs of Care Affordability Moonshot

Costs of Care envisions

‘a world in which no one has to choose between their life and their life savings’.

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