Our Commitment to Health Care Reform: Statement of Principles

With our partners throughout the health care, business, labor, scientific, academic, and patient communities, Group Health Cooperative will work towards:

Patient-centered care for every person, including:

  • Preventive care, coordinated care for chronic disease, access to acute care, and effective pharmaceuticals and technologies
  • Collaboration between patient and provider toward the patient's physical, emotional, and social well-being

Affordable health care at both the individual and population levels, through:

  • A payment system with proper incentives to improve health, reduce disease burden, ensure safety, innovate, and create value
  • A foundation in primary care
  • Tools that create greater transparency, efficiency, and patient-engagement
  • Protection against the devastating impact of unpredicted catastrophic health care costs

A system of health care that improves health outcomes through evidence-based, team-oriented, medical care, supported with:

  • Health information technology tools to support patient health and quality of care
  • A wellness ecosystem including public health infrastructure and social services, and supporting the local economy
  • Public-private partnerships to support the health care safety net

Shared responsibility of individuals, employers, and the government to finance our nation's health care, including:

  • Strong and reliable federal support for state health care and coverage innovations
  • Fair, adequate, and equal reimbursement throughout the country
  • Integration with public health, education, social services, and other community-based programs that support population health and socio-economic well-being

Freedom and choice for patients and their families to select the most appropriate health care coverage and health care providers, supported in their choice with:

  • Accurate information
  • Shared decision-making tools for making informed choices about their own treatment
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