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a list of priorities with Priority #1 circled in red pencil “Thanks to some very well-known algorithms, it’s not hard to risk-stratify a population and get providers to spend more time on patients who have higher risk,” says Dr. Stan Schwartz. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Providing quality care at an affordable cost is the objective of everyone in the health care system. Achieving that elusive goal, however, is a never-ending challenge.

“We created a health care system where the average person who has health insurance often can’t afford to go to the doctor,” said Dr. Scott Conard, medical director of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions. “The average person has $400 to spend on health care for the month, and their deductible is $1,500. They are caught and may as well not have insurance unless it’s a catastrophic illness. It’s an absolute necessity for corporations to find a way to navigate through that.

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