New England boasts a vibrant and robust healthcare sector, and is known as a global hub for medical innovation.
Our region is home to world-class hospitals and research facilities, as well as life sciences innovators who are developing treatments and cures that save and improve countless lives around the world. New England also has one of the highest concentrations of health care employment in the nation, with more than 930,000 jobs directly engaged in health care. The health care industry is a vital part of the region’s innovation economy and continues to play a significant role in the economic development of the region.
The New England Council’s Healthcare Committee includes representatives of health insurers and plan providers; community, rural and teaching hospitals; pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and suppliers; independent physician organizations; non-profit policy organizations; and trade groups and associations representing the healthcare industry. The Committee’s ongoing work on a variety of issues and policies helps to ensure that New England’s citizens and businesses continue to thrive. Recently, the Committee has focused on critical issues such as health and economic equity, and social determinants of health.
The Healthcare Committee is co-chaired by Deirdre Savage, Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Patricia McMullin, Executive Director the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals. The NEC staff liaison for the Healthcare Committee is Sean Malone.