Monday, June 29, 2009

Principles for Comprehensive Health Reform

The final principles developed by meeting participants were vetted by more than 100 coalitions, organizations, and companies. 

Read the text below and email to sign on in support of these principles. 

It is imperative that we engage in health reform, not just healthcare reform. In order for this transformation to be comprehensive, actionable, and sustainable, it must look at health as a continuum. Five main areas serve as the pillars of an effective health system: access, economics, delivery systems, patient empowerment, and the research-to-care continuum (see figure below). For a more in-depth look at the five areas identified as the pillars for an effective health system click here or see the five previous posts tagged 'final principles.'

Crosscutting principles:

A number of core principles emerge from these five areas. It is critical to remember that these areas, just as the fields that impact them, cannot function independently. They must be connected to create the change we seek.

  • Ultimately, each of us is responsible for the health system, and in it, our own health.
  • The health system must be consumer/patientcentered.
  • Education and empowerment of individuals, families, communities and their healthcare providers is critical, particularly in underserved communities.
  • Creation of standards, and coordination of systems and stakeholders is key.
  • We must achieve a balance of proactive and reactive care throughout the lifespan.
  • Emphasis of care should focus on quality of life and medical benefit, not only extension of life.
  • Opportunity for innovation must be incorporated into each facet of the health system 

We have an unprecedented opportunity to shape the health system of this nation. Working together, and not in competition with one another, we can achieve great things. Ultimately, our health is up to each one of us, and we need a health system to support us.

Share your comments and support below. Remember to email if your organization intends to sign on to these principles. Read the in-depth descriptions of each area and share your real-life examples of each principle below.


  1. As part of the medical care program, there is a mission demanding everyone to have insurance. Therefore, those without suitable protection will have to pay a charge. There have been a multitude of gossips circulating around that this charge could surpass 10% or more, however the real expenses involves a charge of 2.5% of a taxpayer's modified earnings, not exceeding beyond the nationwide regular top quality for personal protection.