June 19, 2014

Prompted by the last place ranking of the US in the Commonwealth Fund’s annual assessment of national healthcare systems, NAI President Dr. Rita Numerof was interviewed on the issues behind the poor results.

In her interview, Dr. Numerof focused on the central theme of her recent book, Healthcare at a Turning Point: A Roadmap for Change. She highlighted the current insurance-based payment system subsidized by employers or government as a key contributor to poor quality. Most consumers are under the impression that “someone else” is paying for their healthcare services, and this has eliminated the market forces that typically drive improvement in most other parts of the economy. She described a market-based model for healthcare with more accountability and transparency as the path to a more effective and efficient healthcare system.

Watch Rita’s interview with Elliot Weiler on KPLR News at Noon:

Click here to view Rita’s interview with April Simpson on Fox 2 News Mid-Day.