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Health Care Commission plan goes to Governor

Report includes long-term plan to revise health care in Alaska

(Anchorage, AK) - Following their first year of work, the Alaska Health Care Commission report, Transforming Health Care in Alaska, was submitted to Gov. Sean Parnell and the Alaska Legislature Jan. 15. The report touches on everything from workforce development to the role of the consumer in health care. The recommendations focus on reducing costs and increasing accessibility to health care for all Alaskans

The report, which is the result of extensive research and input from state and private health-care providers throughout Alaska, concludes that the [Alaska] health care system has come together in a piecemeal fashion over many decades...a system this complex cannot be fixed over night.

According to the report, the commission envisions a health-care system for Alaska that places individual Alaskans and their families at the center of their health care experience and focuses on creating health, not simply treating illness and injury...a final but essential element of this picture is that Alaska's health care system will be sustainable at a reasonable price.

In the report, the commission identified four goals for a transformed health-care system:

·         Improve access to health-care services and affordable health insurance coverage;

·         Contain cost growth by reducing Alaska's medical inflation rate so that it is at least below the national rate;

·         Assure that health-care services delivered in Alaska meet the highest quality and safety standards; and

·         Focus on prevention, in order to support improved individual health status and control costs.

The full report is posted online at http://hss.state.ak.us/healthcommission/.

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