Making Health Care Cheaper: Innovating For and Beyond the Safety Net

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

First posted 8/18/11 on Health Populi

The big opportunity for investing in health innovation is in cost-reducing technologies, according to the seven essays that make up Innovating More Affordable Health Carea supplement to the Stanford Social Innovation Review, sponsored by The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF).

The big disconnect in getting innovation adopted in the U.S. health system is the misalignment between risks (what stakeholders bear them) and rewards (what stakeholders reap them), mentioned by Stefanos Zenios and Lyn Denend in their essay on investing for the safety net. “Most investors don’t expect to fund big, unbounded opportunities in low-resource environments,” they explain.

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