ReThink Health Financing Podcast Series: The Potential

Miriam Laugesen, professor of health policy at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, discusses New Zealand’s health system and the lessons it may hold for transforming the U.S. system in this 20-minute podcast. New Zealand’s national health system incentivizes district-level payers and local providers to take a much broader, more preventive approach to health and wellness in their regions. Laugesen discusses how macro-level policy shifts, such as Medicare changing its payment structure, as well as more citizen engagement in public policy discussions can help reframe the way healthcare resources are invested in the U.S. so that total health becomes the priority.