29 Aug Pensacola News Journal: Viewpoint: Helping needy with prescription drugs
The health care industry is undergoing dramatic transformation as insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid change the way they pay for health care services.
For decades, we have had a reimbursement system that generally pays doctors and hospitals for every test, procedure or service they provide to patients. But today, we are rapidly shifting to a system that rewards the healthcare providers who show they can deliver better outcomes for patients at a lower cost.
At Sacred Heart Health System and its parent organization, Ascension, the nation’s leading non-profit healthcare system, we have embraced this transformation because it’s the right thing to do for the patients and communities we serve. Unfortunately, a major obstacle to providing better care at a lower cost is the astronomical price increases of prescription drugs