Providing affordable, patient-centered access to all three levels of prevention
Chronic conditions represent the highest cost of health care dollars with the greatest potential of preventability
Society today relates to chronic illness through a siloed filter. Treatments and reimbursements are disease-specific, implying there are no strategic commonalities. This exclusionary filter extends to relationships between policy, provider and disease-specific consumer organizations. In reality, there are macro issues that all of these organizations (and their constituencies) have in common. Few organizations are large enough to affect change at the macro level; legislation, regulation and business practice. Thus, until recently, each organization operated on its own, without the potential for a support network.
The California Chronic Care Coalition’s (CCCC) value lies in its members’ diverse perspectives of chronic illness, harnessing their commonalities to affect policy change, at the social and legislative levels including state and federal policy.
Providing affordable, patient-centered access to all three levels of prevention is cost-effective over the course of the disease or condition by reducing or eliminating unnecessary hospitalizations, improving medication management, surgery, physician visits, nursing home placement. When prevention is not affordable, patients will forego necessary testing, prescriptions, or medical visits and their medical conditions will ultimately worsen. Structural incentives and design of the current health care system are not well-suited for prevention and management of chronic conditions. We can do better.