Program Note: The Health Research Institute at PriceWaterhouseCoopers has released several reports on health care, analyzing costs and trends to provide information for health care providers, payers and employers. Tonight on AC360º at 10 P.M. ET, Tom Foreman goes through this report and takes a closer look at waste in the current U.S. health care system.
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By several measures, access to care is jammed for many Americans. Universal coverage, if passed, won't necessarily translate into better access. This report from PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute (HRI), identifies three key obstacles to access: crowded points of entry such as the ED, a system that is confusing to navigate, and individuals who inevitably fail to act on their health early.
The Jammed access: Widening the front door to healthcare report finds that consumers are open to trying new means of access and the industry is already responding. Solutions discussed in the report include: new means of access like online consultations, coordination of care among practitioners by using nonphysician providers, and supportive models such as shared medical appointments that enable patients to learn from each other as well as from their providers.
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