The future doesn’t look much better.

Between 2000 and 2012, U.S. healthcare spending doubled1.
And spending is just going to keep climbing:2

There's also a Pressing Need for Senior-Oriented Healthcare Solutions

    • Every 8 seconds a person turns 65. 3

    • People 65 and older represented 13.7% of the population in the year 2012 but are expected to grow to be 21% of the population by 2040.4

    • Older people suffer from more chronic diseases.

    • Nearly 2/3rds of adults 65 and older have one or more chronic health condition.5

    • Our healthcare system is not working to efficiently treat chronic diseases.

    • Healthcare costs are five times greater for someone with chronic conditions than someone without any chronic conditions.6

Why are the costs so high?

About $1 Trillion

is wasted every year.

West Health is targeting $450 Billion of that waste in 3 ways:

Developing new care delivery and payment models

We're tackling problems that result from poor execution or lack of widespread adoption of best practices, such as effective preventive care practices or patient safety best practices. Delivery failures can result in patient injuries, worse clinical outcomes and higher costs.7,8,9

Potential Savings

$239 Billion

Improving care coordination

Transforming our healthcare model to make it more continuous and responsive will improve outcomes for patients who are suffering from, or at-risk for, chronic diseases.7,8,9

Potential Savings

$32 Billion

Working to reduce overutilization

Helping ensure healthcare decisions are driven by scientific findings and providers' expertise.7,8,9

Potential Savings

$177 Billion

How is West Health taking action?

We’re pioneering new and smarter technologies, policies, and practices to make high-quality healthcare more accessible at a lower cost to all Americans. Our strategic focus is on making Successful Aging a reality for our nation’s seniors.

Applied Medical Research

The West Health Institute conducts applied medical research to generate the evidence needed for healthcare providers, policymakers and communities to adopt models of care that better serve seniors and their families.

See our Work in Applied Medical Research

Policy and Advocacy

The West Health Policy Center provides research and education to advance policy and payment reform in conjunction with the West Health Institute’s advocacy efforts in support of enabling seniors to successfully age in place.

See our work in Policy and Advocacy

Outcomes-Based Philanthropy

The Gary and Mary West Foundation provides outcomes-based funding to support successful aging initiatives with collaborators that include leading academic institutions and senior-focused nonprofit organizations.

See Our Outcomes-Based Philanthropy