SacBee: California coalition’s report calls for overhaul to rein in health care costs

Benjamin Norman for The New York Times Patients at the Peekskill center, which may or may not get to keep a $4.5 million federal grant.
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 – 8:16 pm

California’s health industry heavyweights, warning that insurance premiums will soon consume a third of people’s incomes, today threw their weight behind a plan to revamp thehealth care delivery system.

A dozen CEOs from health care providers and insurers spent the past year participating in an unprecedented, collaborative effort with public policymakers and health care researchers, dubbed the Berkeley Forum and based at UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

The result: a report that contains a variety of proposals for changing health care delivery and also stresses the need for Californians to take more responsibility for staying healthy.

“For the first time, the key actors who deliver and pay for our health care have come together to support a road map for fundamental change in how we buy and provide health care services,” Stephen Shortell, the forum’s chair and dean of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, said in a prepared statement.

In the report, the forum participants committed to working together and with others to establish new regulations to revamp the health care system.

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