Health care panel: Pandemic has magnified affordability, access issues

THE BIG ISSUES: A second panel at PBN’s 2021 Fall Health Care Summit talks about health equity, access and affordability. From top is moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello; Dr. Claire Levesque, chief medical officer for commercial products at Point32Health; Dr. Raymond Powrie, chief clinical officer and executive chief of medicine at the Care New England Health System; Dr. Al Kurose, a founder and president of Coastal Medical Inc. and senior vice president for primary care and population health at Lifespan Corp.; and R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner Patrick Tigue.
THE BIG ISSUES: A second panel at PBN’s 2021 Fall Health Care Summit talks about health equity, access and affordability. From top is moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello; Dr. Claire Levesque, chief medical officer for commercial products at Point32Health; Dr. Raymond Powrie, chief clinical officer and executive chief of medicine at the Care New England Health System; Dr. Al Kurose, a founder and president of Coastal Medical Inc. and senior vice president for primary care and population health at Lifespan Corp.; and R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner Patrick Tigue.

As the country adapts to live alongside COVID-19, affordability of care, mental health concerns, supporting underserved populations and continued vaccine outreach remain areas in need of innovation, according to health care leaders. Early in the pandemic, the health care industry excelled in areas such as swiftly adapting to remote appointments, said Dr. Al Kurose, a

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