All over the country and across many different sectors, there are organizations applying the principles of the Health Rosetta. The following are a few examples of how living laboratories can be drawn upon for others to replicate and/or improve upon:
- Few organizations have helped more people out of poverty than Grameen (originators of microfinance). Enabling low-income individuals to earn a sustainable income is critical. However, the second plank of Grameen’s Nobel Peace Prize worthy work is providing affordable access to good healthcare. Many think of Grameen as serving individuals in Bangladesh, Guatemala and other developing countries. However, Grameen has 10’s of thousands borrowers in the U.S. As they have done abroad, they also provide primary care to borrowers. Paying out of their own pocket $10 per week, Grameen America borrowers, receive primary care that is superior to what 99% of Americans receive — rich or poor. Read more here.
- A small manufacturer solved healthcare’s most vexing problem — pricing failure. This allowed them to spend 30% less per capita on benefits with a great benefits package. This was a catalyst to the largest tax-exempt health system in the country going transparent.
- Schools in the Pittsburgh area are far better off than their counterparts in Philly as teacher unions realized they shared goals more with the school leaders than the healthcare industry that has been undermining their wages and benefits.
- A municipality in the Pacific Northwest found that the best way to slash healthcare costs was to improve benefits.
- A hotelier has proven that it’s possible to spend 55% less on health benefits and apply those savings to enablebusiness growth (they’ve grown 10x since instituting a different benefits approach), outstanding benefits for employees and a remarkable impact in the community (steep decline in crime and a doubling of high school graduation rates). Read more here.
- There's no better example of a turnaround from a failing healthcare system than what the SouthCentral Foundation (SCF) has achieved with their Nuka model of care. Once upon a time, the Native American population was receiving care via an under-performing system funded by the Indian Health Service, Medicare and Medicaid. Similar to other high performance health systems, they have value-based primary care as a foundation. What makes SCF unique is their "customer-owner" model. Conservatives would love the local control while Progressives would love the social justice aspect of their model. SCF won a well-deserved Malcolm Baldridge Award. There are few venues anywhere in the country that face bigger health challenges than SCF. Despite that, they have shared how they achieve some of the best outcomes anywhere in the country.