A coalition of health insurance and public health groups is proposing a model for a new type of health system in 2020: a consortium of publicly owned health care companies that would offer private coverage to everyone regardless of income, gender, or age.
In a new policy paper published Wednesday by the Alliance for Health Insurance Reform, the groups argue that the health care sector can best meet the nation’s needs if it can be managed by private companies rather than government entities.
The proposal is a way for health insurers to better align their operations and make more efficient use of scarce resources and reduce costs.
The group, which includes the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Health Policy Council, has long been advocating for a consortium structure to help improve the U.S. health care system.
In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, the group argued that a health care company that can’t provide insurance for everyone would be forced to operate with limited resources.
“If the current health care landscape is to be replicated in 2020, the health insurance market will need to be designed in a way that is more resilient to the demands of a future market in which the market is dominated by private health insurers, as well as the increased pressures on existing health care providers,” the groups wrote.
“This requires a different approach from the traditional structure that is designed to protect against a single, dominant entity,” the letter continued.
“A consortium model allows the public and private sectors to collaborate and to innovate together to create a better health care delivery system.”
While the letter doesn’t specifically mention private insurers, the Alliance argues that private companies could be the best solution for the country’s future health care needs.
The health insurance industry is a complex, fragmented industry, and a consortium model could help shape the industry in a more efficient and cost-effective way, the letter said.
The alliance’s policy paper says a health insurance company could provide insurance coverage for everyone, regardless of age, gender or income, but not necessarily at a discounted rate.
The coalition also argues that health care systems can be more efficient when they are managed by public companies, but that private health insurance companies are the best option for the future of the U, as the health sector has been in crisis.
The groups argue the future health of the United States is dependent on a healthy workforce.
The Alliance also argues there is a need for better public health care services in areas such as HIV prevention and treatment, chronic disease management, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.
In addition to the letter, the alliance has also launched a campaign to raise awareness about the need for a health coalition.
The effort includes billboards in cities across the country and a video campaign.