Health Care

Creating a market-based, patient-centered, sustainable system 

Minnesota is a national leader in health care. We have a low rate of uninsured, a high rate of private insurance, and a relatively healthy population. In addition, while health care spending growth has slowed nationally, Minnesota has experienced an even sharper decline. Still, health care costs remain an enormous challenge for everyone in Minnesota – employers, individuals, and state government. Total health care spending in our state nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010 and it is expected to double again by 2020.

In addition to escalating costs, our health care system faces several other challenges, including innovation-suppressing regulations, inadequate cost and quality information for purchasers, rapidly expanding government involvement in the health care marketplace, and deepening uncertainty caused by federal health care reform. To create a sustainable system with improved quality and lower costs, comprehensive reforms are needed to engage consumers, align purchasers, and reorient providers and insurers to find and deliver market-driven efficiencies.

Minnesota should pursue a balanced approach to reform to ensure a functioning and responsive health care marketplace that achieves optimal health outcomes, reduces costs, and increases access to affordable care.

The 2021-22 Health Policy Blueprint can be found here.

For more information, contact Health Policy Director Dan Dwight.