The Greening of the American Health Care Paradigm

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  • 11/21/2007
Yesterday, the Center for Medicine in the Pubic Interest (CMPI) and the Duke University Center for Research on Prospective Health Care hosted the second meeting of the Patient Centric Health Leadership Forum.

Yes, that’s patient-centric – the counterpoint to cost-based – health care.

The day was kicked off by Ralph Snyderman, Chancellor Emeritus, Duke University and Chair of the Patient Centric Leadership Forum. Dr. Snyderman made the day’s opening presentation forever memorable by making a crucial point...

... since we are all embracing the concept of a “sustainable planet,” we should understand that such a notion must begin with the essential consideration of a “sustainable individual.”

And that means a focus on “Prospective Health” with five key components:

* Health risk assessment tools
* Therapeutic evaluation tools
* Aligned health care providers
* Aligned reimbursement systems
* Motivated consumers

Difficult to be sure. But as the great health care philosopher Kermit the Frog opined, “It isn’t easy being green.”

Full transcripts of the meeting will be available shortly.

Center for Medicine in the Public Interest is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization promoting innovative solutions that advance medical progress, reduce health disparities, extend life and make health care more affordable, preventive and patient-centered. CMPI also provides the public, policymakers and the media a reliable source of independent scientific analysis on issues ranging from personalized medicine, food and drug safety, health care reform and comparative effectiveness.

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