Health care reform and equity: promise, pitfalls, and prescriptions.
Fiscella, Kevin (2011) Health care reform and equity: promise, pitfalls, and prescriptions. Annals of family medicine, 9 (1). pp. 78-84.
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The United States has made little progress during the past decade in addressing health care disparities. Recent health care reforms offer an historic opportunity to create a more equitable health care system. Key elements of health care reform relevant to promoting equity include access, support for primary care, enhanced health information technology, new payment models, a national quality strategy informed by research, and federal requirements for health care disparity monitoring. With effective implementation, improved alignment of resources with patient needs, and most importantly, revitalization of primary care, these reforms could measurably improve equity.