Improving the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare systems is essential for the long-term vitality of the global economy. While many healthcare systems have achieved impressive results and innovations, opportunities remain to make healthcare more accessible and equitable, less costly and reactive, and more patient-centric.
GE understands the need for local solutions to local healthcare challenges, and is an active partner of many associations, foundations and research institutes that work on the key healthcare issues facing many countries. Governments around the world are bringing basic health insurance coverage to hundreds of millions of citizens each year and strengthening their countries’ primary care delivery systems. GE is working with these governments to offer low-cost solutions to populations with limited numbers of medical professionals and insufficient healthcare systems. Appropriate public policies can provide faster access to world-class medical technologies for patients who need them. Therefore, GE Healthcare is committed, as an active partner, to providing constructive input to policy makers.
Specific elements of GE’s healthcare policy agenda include support for:
- Full access and affordable insurance coverage. All individuals, where it is relevant in their healthcare systems, should be able and encouraged to purchase health insurance coverage that works for them. To do so, consumers must be able to choose among affordable benefit plans that meet their personal healthcare needs and their financial means.
- Reducing healthcare costs, improving quality and increasing access to care.
- Playing a leadership role in advocating for more innovative reimbursement methods and increased specialization through targeted care approaches for cancer, heart disease, stroke and other diseases.
- Public policy addressing the development and delivery of early-detection and wellness programs in both the public and private sectors, and permitting the use of meaningful incentives that encourage healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors. Prevention and early detection are critical elements in ensuring quality healthcare and controlling costs.
- Incentivizing the delivery of effective and coordinated care, utilizing health information technology to reduce healthcare costs through a patient-centered, evidence-based integrated delivery system.
- The creation of new medical infrastructure and teaching hospitals in public-private partnerships to offer innovative, low-cost healthcare solutions to developing countries.
- Governments that make transparent healthcare coverage or reimbursement decisions and create opportunities for input from stakeholder groups in healthcare, such as physician and patient groups, industry initiatives and civil society.
- Public policy that supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by improving access to healthcare and primary-care infrastructure.