Published: December 12, 2014
Program Results Report
Grant ID: 70287, 71078
Finding a Path to Affordable Health Care
Engaging leaders of private and public health systems in
support of comprehensive proposals to contain health care
In November 2012, the National Coalition on Health Care released a report, Curbing
Costs, Improving Care: The Path to an Affordable Health Care Future (executive
summary available online). It offered 50 policy recommendations that would resultâ€”
over a 10 year periodâ€”in $221 billion in federal budget savings and $276 billion in new
The coalition, founded in 1990 and based in Washington, includes medical societies,
businesses, unions, health care providers, faith-based associations, pension and health
funds; and groups representing consumers, patients, women, minorities, and persons with
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided support for a series of meetings
to finalize the reportâ€™s recommendations and engage key constituencies in discussions
about controlling health care costs.
â— The coalition convened two meetings shortly before the reportâ€™s release to receive
final input from key stakeholder groups and technical experts.
â— It held eight meetings following the reportâ€™s release to educate key stakeholder
groups about its recommendations, explore their impact, and examine alternative
â— In conjunction with the second set of meetings, the coalition identified $126 billion in
cost savings over 10 years that could be used to offset reform of the Sustainable
Growth Rate, Medicareâ€™s system for capping physician payments.
RWJF Program Results Report â€“ Finding a Path to Affordable Health Care 2
RWJF supported this project from September 2012 through February 2013, and then
from August 2013 through January 2014 with two grants1 totaling $100,000.
The growth in health care costs and spending in the United States in recent decades has