“To appropriately address waste in health spending, health industry leaders, policymakers and consumers must work together on systemwide goals and incentives to address the waste that imperils the health of us all,” PwC researchers wrote. “…Wasteful spending extends beyond one organization or health sector, and eliminating waste in one sector may actually increase it in another.”
Other findings, according to the report, included:
- Key barriers to eliminating waste are culture, politics, funding and incentives, and lack of a coordinated focus.
- Eight out of 10 consumers said that inefficiency in the health care system is not only driving up health care costs, but impacting the quality of care.
- Consumers see themselves, government, and the industry at fault for wasteful spending.
- When U.S. consumers were asked why they believe the U.S. health care system has inefficiencies that have not been resolved, nearly half said “because it is not a priority for the government.” More than a third said it was due to the health industry not being willing to change business practices.
The report is available here . A free registration is required.