Now Governor Patrick, Senate President Murray and Speaker DeLeo all are on the same page: We need to fix health care costs now.
The Governor, Senate President and Speaker have all identified controlling health care costs as one of their top priorities heading into the 2011-2012 legislative session. Friday’s Boston Globe quotes Speaker DeLeo as saying “I think more immediately the issues of the health care debate and the budget really are going to to require our attention… I think health care reform is going to be an issue we have to address.” With this declaration, Speaker DeLeo joins the other state policy leaders in publicly prioritizing the need to control health care costs.
Policymakers ended the last legislative session saying that more needed to be done and that comprehensive payment reform was the next step. We couldn’t agree more.
Patients cannot sustain the physical and financial burdens of our current health care system. Our system is not patient-centered and needs to be reoriented. The primary goal of health care is to improve health-related quality of life, particularly for people with chronic illness- yet this is not what our system delivers to us.
We appreciate that the Governor, Senate President and Speaker are all focused on controlling health care costs and improving health care quality for Massachusetts’ residents. The Massachusetts Campaign for Better Care (www.hcfama.org/bettercare) looks forward to working with them as the next legislative session begins to make sure that patients become the center of our health care system.