New Report Provides Strategies for Closing the Health Care Divide

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<p>A new set of strategies released today by the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System could dramatically improve how the U.S. health care system serves vulnerable populations, including people without health insurance, low-income families, and members of racial and ethnic minority groups.</p>
<p>As documented in the new report, <a href="/publications/fund-reports/2011/oct/ensuring-equity-post-reform-framework-achieve-high-performance">Ensuring Equity: A Post-Reform Framework to Achieve High Performance Health Care for Vulnerable Populations</a>, a significant health care divide exists between vulnerable populations and their more secure counterparts in a number of areas, including receipt of recommended screening and preventive care, control of chronic diseases, and hospital admissions for conditions that may be preventable with good primary care and community health outreach.</p>
<p>The Commission believes that closing these and other gaps will require a three-pronged policy framework, one that ensures adequate access to health care and financial protection, strengthens the health care system’s ability to serve vulnerable populations, and supports coordination between the traditional health care system and resources outside the system that vulnerable groups rely upon.</p>
<a href="/publications/fund-reports/2011/oct/ensuring-equity-post-reform-framework-achieve-high-performance">Read the report</a> to learn more about these strategies and how they can help America achieve a high performance health system for all.</p>