Lowering the cost of healthcare and enabling successful aging for our nation's seniors

Our mission is to lower the cost of healthcare and enable seniors to successfully age in place, with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence.

Why does healthcare cost so much? Why does the United States pay so much more for so much less than other developed countries? How does cutting benefits for those most vulnerable, including seniors and the poor, make sense for a country as successful and caring as ours? These are all questions that deserve answers, especially now.

On April 2, 2019, West Health is convening an innovation summit in the nation’s capital focused on solving America’s healthcare cost crisis. West Health’s High Costs, Broken Promises: Healthcare in America Summit, will explore the real impact of the high cost of healthcare on individuals, businesses, the economy and the state of this country today. The Summit will bring together key stakeholders including policymakers, healthcare providers, health systems, economists, regulators, drug companies, pharmacy benefit managers and advocacy groups. Participants will map out immediate and long-term policy prescriptions and solutions that turn rhetoric into reality and finally deliver on the promise of improving the quality of healthcare and lowering costs in a sustainable and meaningful way.

The Healthcare Costs Summit is the sixth installment of West Health’s Health Care Innovation Day (HCI-DC) series. Previous HCI-DC events have highlighted wireless and telehealth innovations with the Department of Veterans Affairs (2010), wireless medical device regulation with the U. S. Food and Drug Administration and Federal Communications Commission (2011), care delivery and payment solutions with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (2012), interoperability with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (2014), and our most recent on healthcare costs innovation (2018).

Past Summit speakers include Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media; Sanjay Gupta, MD, Chief Medical Correspodent for CNN; Surgeon, Writer and Public Health Researcher, Atul Gawande, MD, MPH; Andy Slavitt, Former Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; and Mark McLellan, Director of the Robert J Margolis Center for Health Policy and the Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine and Health Policy at Duke University.

Solely funded by Gary and Mary West, West Health includes three nonprofit organizations all with a singular mission of lowering healthcare costs and enabling seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence.

The commitment West Health has made over the past decade to arrive at its important successful aging mission is one that has always been rooted in the need to lower the cost of healthcare. Seniors, especially the most vulnerable, significantly bear the brunt of the high cost of healthcare, and we have seen this first-hand through our work at the West Health Institute, West Health Policy Center and Gary and Mary West Foundation.