National Partnership for Women & Families

Full Written Testimony of Debra L. Ness

Senate Finance Committee Roundtable on Delivery System Reform
Washington, D.C. — April 21, 2009 —
Chairman Baucus, Ranking Member Grassley, and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to participate in this Roundtable on how to reform our health care delivery system.

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization with over three and a half decades of experience promoting access to quality health care, fairness in the workplace, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. Over the past 15 years, the National Partnership has brought together a wide range of consumer and patient groups to push for meaningful reforms of our health care system — focusing on improving quality, getting costs under control and expanding affordable coverage.

I applaud the Committee for recognizing that these issues — quality, cost, and coverage — are inextricably linked, and for beginning these Roundtable discussions in the essential first place, with this discussion of delivery system reform.

The American people know that our health care system is broken and needs transformational change. They see a delivery system that is centered on the provider, rather than the patient. They see a payment system that rewards volume over value, promotes fragmentation over coordination, and rewards specialty care at the expense of primary care. Ours is a system that is largely blind to quality, outcomes, or appropriateness of the care delivered and received. More »

Contact

Cindy Romero (202) 986-2600 cromero@nationalpartnership.org

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.

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