Health Innovation

Over the last century, America evolved a patchwork health care system characterized by coverage gaps, high costs and uneven quality. In a new century, our challenge is to create a high-quality, low-cost health system for all. Innovation is the key. It’s time to retire an obsolete fee-for-service payment system that rewards more, not better, medical services, and replace it with strong incentives for preventive care and healthier lifestyles. We need to lower bureaucratic obstacles and encourage development of breakthrough cures, treatments and devices. Crucially, we need to equip all Americans with new, high-tech tools that enable them to monitor their own health and enhance the productivity of health-care workers.

But instead of focusing on modernizing our health care system, Washington policymakers are mired in yesterday’s ideological battles and the American people are seeing costs rise in a complex system that doesn’t always help them get the care they need. PPI’s Health Innovation Project highlights new ideas for creating a distinctively American approach to universal coverage and high-quality health care – one that is decentralized, powered by the ingenuity of our inventors, entrepreneurs and workers, and disciplined by both market competition and strong public oversight.

Publications

By / 4.15.2019

When it comes to health care, Americans could not face a clearer choice. Progressives believe all Americans should have access to affordable, high-quality health coverage. Republicans want to kill the Affordable Care Act – thereby depriving an additional 17 million Americans of insurance – and have no credible plan to replace it. Too often, however, […]

By / 3.1.2019

In searching for ways to satisfy public demand for lower drug prices, President Trump has found rare common ground with Democrats. The White House recently released a plan to reform the way pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) negotiate prices with drugmakers on behalf of health insurance companies. Specifically, the proposal takes aim at special discounts or […]

By / 2.14.2019

America’s massive health care industry faces three major challenges: how to cover everyone, reduce costs, and increase productivity. Telehealth – the use of technology to help treat patients remotely – may help address all three. Telehealth reduces the need for expensive real estate and enables providers to better leverage their current medical personnel to provide […]

Press

By / 1.16.2019

Dear Democratic Class of 2018, Congratulations on your election to the U.S. House of Representatives! In addition to winning your own race, you are part of something larger – the first wave of a progressive resurgence in U.S. politics. The midterm elections gave U.S. voters their first opportunity to react to the way Donald Trump […]

By / 12.19.2018

Republicans love to complain about “activist judges,” that is, until they find one willing to do their political bidding. On Friday, members of the GOP hailed a ruling by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor striking down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as unconstitutional. They didn’t seem to care that O’Connor had to use some highly […]

By / 12.17.2018

New Texas ruling is the latest example of Republican efforts to kill Obamacare. But while the GOP is winning on tactics, it’s losing hearts and minds. What is the strongest political force driving America toward national health care? No, it’s not Sen. Bernie Sanders and his “Democratic Socialist” minions. It’s the Republican Party. Hang on, […]

Blog

By / 7.25.2019

In the first half of 2019, the consumer price index for prescription drugs fell by 0.8% compared to the first half of 2018.  That’s the first year-over-year decline in prescription drug prices since the mid-1970s, according to BLS data. Looking at five-year inflation rates,  the consumer price index for prescription drugs rose at a 2.7% […]

By / 6.7.2019

Here’s a question that progressives should be asking themselves: How can we encourage the development of innovative and effective treatments like Zolgensma? Just approved by the FDA, Zolgensma is a powerful new treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), which is the leading genetic cause of death in infants and toddlers. Roughly one out of every […]

By / 2.8.2019

Washington has long been a leader in both innovation and health care. Telehealth, which lays at the intersection of the two, is an innovative, cost-effective way to deliver health care to underserved populations. Seeing the value of telehealth, Washington State requires health insurance companies, Medicaid managed care plans, and health plans offered to Washington State employees to […]