Governor Spencer J. Cox released a call to action for the healthcare community to make Utah a national leader in cost-efficient, innovative healthcare. Although Governor Cox championed the founding of the Collaborative, it will operate independently and help accelerate change over the next 15 years.
Our ultimate goal is to ensure that all Utahns have access to affordable, high-quality healthcare, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, gender or geographic location. This is reflected in our three target goals of affordability, equity, and outcomes.
While Utah is seen as a healthy and affordable state, we have problems in our healthcare system requiring immediate and large-scale action. Healthcare costs are rising for individuals, employers, and the state. Despite rising costs, outcomes are worsening and are unequally distributed, leading to disparities that impact our state’s most vulnerable populations. To improve health and healthcare for all Utahns, we must evolve our traditional healthcare system.
When considering Utah community values and the spaces we thrive in, the most effective approach in creating system-wide change should center around collaboration and innovation, rather than regulation. Utah is fortunate to have industry leaders commit to consensus-based solutions focused on the patient. As one of the most innovative states in the country, we thrive when we create, evolve, and innovate our way to successful outcomes. By serving as a convener, rather than a regulator, the Collaborative will build a 15-year roadmap that leads to a reformed healthcare system.