Every four years, as part of our Utah Priorities Project, the Utah Foundation surveys the people of this state to determine their greatest concerns. This information helps drive the priorities of policymakers and civic leaders. In both 2016 and 2020, Utahns told us that their top concern was health care costs and access. The past year in particular has highlighted the great importance of our health care services and infrastructure. But it has also brought forth opportunities for new means to address both health care costs and access for Utahns.
In this edition of Utah Thrives, Utah Foundation President Peter Reichard explores health care challenges with Dan Liljenquist, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer at Intermountain Healthcare, and lead architect and Board Chair of Civica Rx, a nonprofit initiative to produce affordable generic medications; Sophia DiCaro, Executive Director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget; and Andrew Croshaw, CEO of Leavitt Partners, a national health care intelligence firm founded by former Utah Governor and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt. The recording came from a recent Breakfast Briefing sponsored by Intermountain Healthcare. If you are interested in an excerpt of the discussion or the full event video, you can access them here.