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Binghamton Rotary Seeks Solution to American Health Service Problems

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According to the World Bank, The United States spends more than 17 percent of its GDP on health care, making it one of the most expensive countries in the world to receive health care.

This has led both Democrats and Republicans to rethink the system, despite the Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday the Binghamton Rotary Club hosted the Vice President of Strategic Planning for United Health Care to talk about the Medicare Reform Process, and how it can be used to raise local and national health standards, while also making health care more affordable.

"If we had people working together to help individuals better navigate the system and better manage their health, this would result in lower costs to the system because they would not be in need of hospitalization or emergency room care, because they would be receiving care in a physicians office, or in an agency." said Robin Kinslow-Evans, the Vice President for Strategic Health.

"We have several programs in motion now, the one I spoke here today on, DISRIP, Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment, is really about helping providers build the infrastructure, and to be able to provide the kind of care, that we believe will improve the health of the population."

Robin also says the key to the changes in medicare and medicaid involve moving to a preventative form of medicine, one that continual monotors the health of people, as opposed to a reactive system which comes from people only seeking medical treatment in the event of an emergency.