National Academy of Medicine

Vital Directions for Health and Health Care: Priorities from a National Academy of Medicine Initiative

By Victor J. Dzau, Mark McClellan, Sheila Burke, Molly J. Coye, Thomas A. Daschle, Angela Diaz, William H. Frist, Martha E. Gaines, Margaret A. Hamburg, Jane E. Henney, Shiriki Kumanyika, Michael O. Leavitt, J. Michael McGinnis, Ruth Parker, Lewis G. Sandy, Leonard D. Schaeffer, Glenn D. Steele, Pamela Thompson, Elias Zerhouni
March 21, 2017 | Discussion Paper

The United States is poised at a critical juncture in health and health care. Powerful new insights are emerging on the potential of disease and disability, but the translation of that knowledge to action is hampered by debate focused on elements of the Affordable Care Act that, while very important, will have relatively limited impact on the overall health of the population without attention to broader challenges and opportunities. The National Academy of Medicine has identified priorities central to helping the nation achieve better health at lower cost.

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Dzau, V. J., M. McClellan, S. Burke, M. J. Coye, T. A. Daschle, A. Diaz, W. H. Frist, M. E. Gaines, M. A. Hamburg, J. E. Henney, S. Kumanyika, M. O. Leavitt, J. M. McGinnis, R. Parker, L. G. Sandy, L. D. Schaeffer, G. D. Steele, P. Thompson, and E. Zerhouni. 2017. Vital Directions for Health and Health Care: Priorities from a National Academy of Medicine Initiative. NAM Perspectives. Discussion Paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC. doi: 10.31478/201703e

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