Key Findings

Report: “Decent Health Care for All in Philadelphia: Local Leadership & Action,” under the direction of David Grande, M.D., Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

Some of the key findings within the report:

1.) Despite the fact that Philadelphia’s health care is home to some of the greatest medical centers in the nation, many residents in Philadelphia do not get decent health care.

2.) Serious gaps in care, including inaccessibility to specialty services and a lack of coordinated care, persist for the uninsured, underinsured and other low- and moderate-income patients lead to poor health outcomes

3.) No comprehensive system exists to coordinate care for patients across delivery sites. This lack of system results in inefficiencies, duplication of services and care for patients at later stages of disease in more costly settings

4.) While most provider organizations do offer safety net services, financial pressures and a lack of capacity challenge their ability to deliver care

5.) For Philadelphia to enhance quality, better utilize existing resources, and provide leadership for national reform, the community, government and local health systems should be engaged in coordinated systems of care

6.) A final recommendation of the report was to create the Health Leadership Partnership, now known as Healthy Philadelphia, a new non-profit organization to mobilize and assist public and private sector leaders develop their strategic plans to better coordinate and integrate health services in Philadelphia to guarantee decent health care for all, particularly underserved populations.