SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT PROFILE
KAISER PERMANENTE: THRIVING UNDER PRESSURE
In most developed countries, health spending is rising faster than incomes. The issue is particularly acute in the United States, which not only spends more per capita on healthcare than any other country but also has seen spending rise as a share of national income for decades—from 10 percent in 1985 to 17 percent in 2010 to a projected 25 percent in 2037.1 Costs have skyrocketed across the board, including hospital stays, doctor visits, pharmaceuticals, lab tests, new technologies, healthcare administration, and health insurance premiums. Ironically, as treatment options become more advanced, fewer people are able to afford them.
The U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable ...