Harvard Economist Michael Porter has been hailed as the father of value-based health care, but do his proposals which focus on the patient mesh with Europe’s universal health care system?
Advocates of value-based care, according to an article on Science|Business by Gary Finnegan, claim “putting the focus on outcomes rather than activity will help raise standards, reduce variation and equip health systems to cope with growing demand.”
“Focusing on value is inevitable,” European expert Muir Gray said, adding Porter’s system doesn’t extend enough for countries with universal health coverage.
Gray was the former chief knowledge officer for the National Health Service in England, and now serves as Better Value Healthcare’s director.
“Porter’s American approach to value doesn’t consider whether we are allocating resources to particular populations in need — people with cancer or respiratory disease, for example — or whether we are using the allocated resources for the people who would benefit most,” Gray said.