Real Affordability Solutions from the Front Lines of Caring

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Consumers are seeking greater value for their health care dollars. Concerns around the affordability of health care will only grow as overall health care spending continues to rise to meet the needs of an aging America.

The women and men of America’s hospitals and health systems—physicians, nurses and other caregivers—understand and share consumer’s concerns, and are working hard to make care more affordable by transforming the way health care is delivered in our communities.

But we cannot do it alone. It will take a real effort by everyone involved—providers, the government, employers and individuals, device makers, drug manufacturers, insurers and others. With health insurance prices climbing and drug spending rising, insurers and drug companies can do more to address increased health care costs.

Specifically, America’s hospital and health systems are working to:

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AHA's The Value Initiative provides education, resources and tools to advance the affordability of health care. The Value Initiative has a host of case studies on how hospitals and health systems are working to enhance value and drive affordability. For more, please explore The Value Initiative’s resources and learn how hospitals are tackling value head on.

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