PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Better patient care and lower costs — that’s what Governor Gina Raimondo said she wants to see come from a new executive order on healthcare in Rhode Island.
She announced a new initiative Monday with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse at her side. She said she hopes to innovate healthcare by improving patient care and health outcomes for all Rhode Islanders.
Raimondo said she wants a plan by December to establish a global health spending cap in Rhode Island. She has established a Working Group For Healthcare, headed by Former Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts, to look at money spent on public, private and individual plans.
The Governor said she has three goals for the plan:
- Improve the healthcare experience for Rhode Islanders
- Make Rhode Islanders healthier
- Reduce the cost of healthcare
“I’ve long said this is an area, because of Rhode Island’s size, we ought to be the most coordinated, we ought to be the lowest among the lowest cost provider and highest quality of care,” Raimondo said.
“As tempestuous as the fights have been over healthcare, there has always been steady agreement across that broad array on one thing, and that is probably a third of the cost of healthcare system is unnecessary. That’s a big number in a state like Rhode Island when were spend $8 billion,” said Whitehouse.
Massachusetts created a similar health care spending cap in 2012.