North Carolina Can Improve Access to Higher Quality Health Care


North Carolina can improve access to higher quality health care for its citizens through several policies that increase consumer choice and control and empower providers to best meet patient needs. Overwhelming evidence shows that state implementation of the reforms would expand consumer access to health care services, lower costs, and improve health care value.

Much of this policy brief relies on reforms contained in Paragon Health Institute’s book—Don’t Wait for Washington: How States Can Reform Health Care Today. Paragon’s book describes policy reforms that states can take to expand consumer options and improve peoples’ ability to navigate the health system, free providers to best treat patients, and improve efficiencies within state programs.

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