In preparing for that event, I came to realize that my vision of a national health policy has undergone refinement since I started my blog a few months ago. So here it is, although in abbreviated form:
- Any national health policy has to be based on the goal of maximizing health, safety, well-being, and productive capacity of all Americans.
- These goals, if achieved properly, will improve economic growth and competitiveness. They will not drain our economy, and we will not need to ration care to achieve them.
To achieve these goals, our health system will have to be based on six principles, all of which need to be followed:
- Americans need to know how to engage in healthy behaviors, and to be in an environment which encourages healthy behaviors in a healthy environment.
- We need universal, affordable, comprehensive health care coverage, and everyone needs to have that coverage. (more…)