Kauffman Foundation. Valuing health care: Improving productivity and quality. 2012 Apr. Retrieved from www.kauffman.org/uploadedfiles/valuing_health_care.pdf
This report addresses a deceptively simple question: How can the productivity of American health care be substantially improved? Productivity, in lay terms, is the ratio of output to inputs. A more colloquial rendition of the question might be: how can we get a lot more bang for our heath care buck?
No one doubts that the question needs answering. By general consent, improving the cost-benefit balance in America’s health care is today’s most urgent public policy problem. Costs are rising for private payers and government (which now accounts for more than half of all health care spending), but health outcomes are not rising at the same rate.