- Rich Lesser and Barry Rosenberg: Most of the health care debate focuses on access and costs
- But the real issue is quality of care, which varies wildly from hospital to hospital
- If hospitals are measured and assessed more regularly, it will increase accountability and decrease long term healthcare costs
Rich Lesser is president and CEO of The Boston Consulting Group. Barry Rosenberg, MD, is a partner in BCG's Health Care practice and lead author of the study on which this article is based. Conducted in cooperation with Ariadne Labs, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Alerion Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School and University of Rochester Department of Public Health, the study was published December 14 in the peer-reviewed scientific journal PLOS ONE. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the authors.
(CNN)As Congress and the Trump administration debate the future of America's health care system, they should go beyond the issues of access and cost and recognize an equally important priority: that patients come first, so health reform should also focus on quality of care.