Working for Better Health Care Systems
At Johnson & Johnson, we work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people throughout the world every day.
We are fortunate to be in this business at a time when innovative treatments and cures for illness and disease are advancing so rapidly and when consumers are taking increasing responsibility for their own care and well-being. Yet unmet health care needs remain, including the need for affordable quality health care worldwide.
In our 2008 report we shared The Promise of Health Care, a document that outlines our beliefs about what makes good health care systems work and our role in making good health care available throughout the world. We believe the best models are centered on the needs of individuals and offer access to health care coverage for everyone. As important, these models provide support to help people remain healthy, by promoting wellness and early diagnosis, and receive quality care when needed.
Today, with health care reforms under way throughout the world and the recent vote in the U.S., Johnson & Johnson remains committed to supporting reforms that enhance access to health care, improve the long-term sustainability of health care systems and build on the best aspects of a system that includes incentives for medical progress. We believe appropriate reforms can offer overall opportunities for growth and enhanced care of patients.
There are many areas of discussion—and sometimes debate—in the context of health care reform legislation, especially in the U.S. Two areas where Johnson & Johnson has taken the lead in providing our expertise and perspective are wellness and prevention and comparative effectiveness research (CER).
WELLNESS & PREVENTION
Around the world, the rising cost of health care is a motivating factor for change. The best way to rein in rising health care spending is to reduce the incidence of disease. We can do that by helping people work toward and maintain good health. Wellness and prevention programs play a critical role in achieving this goal.
American workers, for example, have high rates of chronic disease. With workplace health and wellness programs, companies can effectively improve health, increase productivity and reduce costs. We support efforts to include in health reform legislation incentives that will encourage companies to adopt employee wellness and prevention programs.
“We believe that wellness and prevention programs offer the greatest potential for reducing long-term health care spending while improving health outcomes and therefore must be an integral part of health care reform,” says William C. Weldon, Chairman, Board of Directors, and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Johnson.
The Company’s long history and proficiency in creating effective workplace health and wellness programs uniquely qualifies Johnson & Johnson as a resource to policymakers in this important area.