Governor Gina Raimondo launched the Working Group for Healthcare Innovation earlier this summer to help find a way to lower overall health care spending in Rhode Island. The group’s next public listening session takes place Tuesday.
Health and Human Services Secretary Elizabeth Roberts and Director of Health, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, want to hear from residents Tuesday evening at Juanita Sanchez High School in Providence. They’re gathering input for a plan to cap health care spending, and tie more of that spending to quality, instead of paying for the quantity of health care services we receive.
Roberts says the group will consider public input about what’s working in health care and what’s not as they develop the plan.
Massachusetts has set a cap on health care spending, tied to its economy. But early reports find keeping the lid on costs has not been easy, in part because of the rising cost of pharmaceuticals.