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Health Care Spending Benchmark Cost Advisory Group Meeting

June 6, 2018
1:00 PM
Delaware Health and Social Services - Herman Holloway Campus - The Chapel

At the final meeting of the Delaware Health Care Delivery and Cost Advisory Group, Governor John Carney thanked members for their commitment to slowing the growth rate of health care spending and adding transparency to health care costs and quality, calling it “as important as any challenge in government.”

The Advisory Group, formed through Executive Order 19 from Governor Carney, is charged with providing feedback to Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker on health care quality and cost benchmarks in Delaware as a way to add transparency to the health care system. “We don’t have any choice, but to be successful,” the Governor said the June 6 meeting.

Secretary Walker told the story of a Delawarean who was given a new prescription by his doctor for treating his diabetes. When the man, who is on a fixed income, went to his pharmacy to have the prescription filled, he was told the medicine would cost $480 for a 90-day supply. He told the pharmacist to put it back on the shelf and he would go without it. “The work we are doing provides an opportunity to change that scenario — to arm providers and consumers with better information as they make health care decisions,” Secretary Walker said. “That is why we are here.”

Based on feedback from the Advisory Group, Secretary Walker will issue a public summary report and must issue a report to the Governor by the end of June 2018, with the benchmarks for 2019 being set later this year.

Supporting Documents

Delaware Health Care Delivery and Cost Advisory Group Summary


Meeting Minutes




Slide Deck