We are a partnership leg by patient and disease advocacy groups advocating for the next generation of
healthcare. Our members are patient advocacy organizations and a diverse group of healthcare stakeholders, including industry and payers, who are working together with policymakers to develop the best solutions to today’s healthcare challenges. Partners represents more than 100 million patients living with a wide range of chronic and acute conditions, and we believe that Americans should have access to the necessary care to improve their health and the health of their families.
Partners for Better Care has worked together to establish a core set of principles contained in a new, nonpartisan Patient Charter. Together, we will rally around this Charter as a broad roadmap for the next generation of health care, and we will start a national conversation backed by millions of patients and the most relevant players.
With the strong backbone of our nonpartisan Patient Charter, Partners’ members developed 2017 health care principles. As experts on patient-centered care, Partners and its members are proud to serve as a resource to policymakers and thought leaders. We remain committed to working with Congress, the Administration and other healthcare stakeholders to support policies that advance patient-centered quality health care for all Americans.
High-quality medical care is available in the United States, but many Americans are unable to access the care they need. Access to affordable, patient-centered care and innovations—including coverage of preventive services, tools for management of chronic conditions, coordinated care management and specialist care, innovative therapies and technologies and treatments for any medical condition or emergency—is critical. Although more Americans than ever before now have health care coverage, out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles and cost-sharing for medical services, are escalating at substantially disproportionate rates compared to the wages of the average American. Additionally, complicated benefit designs such as prescription tiering and narrow physician networks are making it increasingly difficult to access quality care, and increasingly essential for patients to understand how to purchase coverage.
Based on extensive opinion research and policy analysis, the priority policy issues for Partners for Better Care can be categorized into six areas of focus. Our priority issues, all of which must be culturally competent, include:
Aimed at tackling these issue areas comprehensively, Partners for Better Care helps patients and their allies by advocating for the next generation of health care based on key principles of patient-centered quality care, availability, transparency and affordability. And we hope you will join us.