Payment policy is critical to transforming the way medical providers deliver care. We can utilize payment and reimbursement structures to reward physicians and hospitals for providing care that is proven effective. Instead of incentivizing volume of care as in our current system, we can incentivize the right care by incorporating effectiveness studies into provider payment structures.
Patients can be incentivized to adopt healthy behaviors through a structure of patient financial rewards, through incentives to participate in evidence-based treatment protocols, and by eliminating financial barriers to receiving needed care. Some models emphasize location as a patient incentive to participation, specifying convenient provision of primary care services in workplaces, schools, or retail locations.