The Basque Country, a northern region of Spain, developed a cutting-edge and inclusive approach to control health expenditures driven by chronic disease. It provided citizens with easy access to nurse hotlines and their personal health records through their phone and television.

Our connection to that far-off and seemingly exotic health care initiative? Dr. Rafael Bengoa, the region’s former minister of health, is currently serving as an adviser to President Obama on Affordable Care Act implementation.

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