'Right Care' Delivery Can't Wait for Congress
The way to do that, Gabow says, is by
- Paying a living wage to all employees
- Instituting robust tuition reimbursement programs
- Reducing income disparity within their institutions
One of the keys to containing costs at Denver Health was "getting more care from the same number of workers" by treating and paying them well. For example, even though Denver Health is a safety next system, it offers a small tuition stipend to employees.
Gabow also suggested that hospitals look at the pay gap between hospital executives and other employees.
Ultimately, she is calling for a redistribution of healthcare dollars toward social needs. She acknowledged that won't happen easily or overnight.
We have to "take the time to understand what is working in our system, what is not working, and what is working in other countries," she told HealthLeaders.
She offered another way to look at it: "If someone told you that you could buy a car for half the price and it would last twice as long, you would probably want to buy it."