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The Role Of Payers In Achieving Environmentally Sustainable And Climate Resilient Health Care

The healthcare sector's significant contribution to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions demands urgent action for a transition to a more environmentally sustainable system. Payers, as key stakeholders in healthcare delivery and financing, hold considerable influence in driving this transformation. This article proposes five strategies for payers to achieve a greener and climate-resilient healthcare system, emphasizing the importance of reducing emissions, promoting sustainable practices, and enhancing climate resilience across payer sectors. These strategies align with various payer sectors, including national health care models, Medicare and Medicaid, and employer-sponsored health insurance, each presenting unique opportunities and challenges in advancing sustainability initiatives. Furthermore, regulatory innovations can play a crucial role in incentivizing payers, enhancing transparency, and addressing climate-related risks to drive progress towards a more environmentally sustainable healthcare system. Overall, urgent action from payers is essential to ensure a greener, more resilient, and sustainable healthcare future in the face of climate change. Click here for article.

  • Reduce Low-Value Care: By addressing wasteful practices and incentivizing shared decision-making, payers can mitigate unnecessary pollution and resource consumption associated with low-value care.

  • Accelerate Transition to Clean Energy: Providing financial incentives for healthcare facilities to adopt clean energy infrastructure can not only reduce emissions but also enhance resilience to climate-related risks.

  • Provide Access to Environmentally Preferable Services: Prioritizing lower carbon-emitting healthcare services through payment mechanisms can drive the adoption of environmentally friendly alternatives.

  • Support Transition to Circular Economy: Encouraging the reuse and regeneration of products and materials in healthcare can significantly reduce pollution and costs, fostering a circular economy within the sector.

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