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Accountable Health-Cost of Care is Key

Posted by Chip Block on May 30, 2017 7:20 AM EDT
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It's good to see the general media is starting to move the focus from health insurance policy-making to the real focus-accountable health and the cost and quality of healthcare...

and Sunday's issue of The Washington Post National Weekly" featured two very good articles that put spotlights on two important issues-access to lower cost healthcare for emergency health needs and the role of playing in having a happier, healthier wellbeing.

I won't spend much time in this blog giving the specific details of each article other than to suggest the reader takes a minute to go read these articles.  It's so refreshing, and important, to focus more attention to things that drive better health and lower cost healthcare treatment and prevention.  These articles do that in a common sense, non-political style of reporting.

The first one shares inside details of an entrepreneur who has built a business around "mini-hospitals", taking the concept of urgent care a step further and trying to remove traffic from hospital emergency rooms. The article points out some of the deep challenges that this concept faces, but it also reminds of the impact that "mini-Mills" had on the steel industry when companies like NuCor found ways to provide a good enough solution to lower cost steel manufacturing that could transform parts of the steel industry.

The second article describes the great impact that playing and relaxation has on healthier living and prevention.  While this topic may not be a revelation to all, it is nonetheless a reminder that games help create emotional engagement and can have an impact in all sorts of efforts to improve wellbeing in groups of people or in individuals.

Together these articles reminded me once again that there is no silver bullet or panacea to the healthcare crisis.  But there are lots of smaller, easier solutions that can collectively put a dent in a problem that affects every living person on this earth.

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