Public Policy at McKesson

With our 360-degree view of the healthcare landscape, we recognize that we have a responsibility to participate in the public policy process. McKesson’s Public Affairs team builds and maintains working relationships with officials at every level of government for the benefit of patients.

How do we approach healthcare public policy?

Our corporate Public Affairs team operates at the intersection of healthcare, public policy and politics on behalf of McKesson. We establish and strengthen relationships with federal, state and local elected and government officials.

When we engage with legislators and regulators, we educate them on McKesson’s operations, our role in healthcare and the unique perspective we offer. Through tours of our distribution centers and visits to pharmacy and hospital customers, we highlight the many ways McKesson delivers better health across the country.

We also participate in trade associations, industry groups and professional organizations to build key relationships that we can use in our public policy work.

Learn more about our political engagement.


Which public policies do we support?

Access to affordable medicines

Stronger community providers. New payment models. Healthcare technology. They can all go a long way to making sure people can access and afford the treatments they need. In our public policy work in this area, we advocate for these and other advances that will help achieve this goal.

Connecting the healthcare landscape

We’re part of the Healthcare Innovation Alliance, which works to harness the power of data and technology to improve patient care and speed up the development of potentially life-saving treatments.

Promoting community healthcare providers

In the U.S., a shortage of primary care providers and an aging population means quality healthcare can be difficult to access in some areas. We believe community practices and independent pharmacies can play a key role in filling this gap and ensuring patients get the care they need.

Addressing healthcare disparities

Health equity means everyone has an equal opportunity to live healthy lives. In order to achieve this for every patient, we must end the disparities and inequities impacting patient access, quality of care and outcomes.

Protecting drug supply-chain security

A secure supply chain means safer, more effective medications for patients. We work hard to secure our supply chain to our own high standards and in compliance with state and federal regulations. We’re also actively supporting the implementation of the Drug Quality and Security Act of 2013.

Recommending ways to address the opioid crisis

We believe the opioid epidemic must be addressed through a comprehensive approach that includes doctors, pharmacists, distributors, manufacturers, payers, regulators and law enforcement. Our opioid public policy recommendations focus on the need for public and private partnerships that promote patient-centered solutions and foster clinical collaboration across the care continuum.

Here’s what we believe

The patient comes first

We should never compromise patient access or quality of care.


Free market competition lowers prices

We need to foster a robust, competitive marketplace, including accelerated regulatory approval pathways for generics and breakthrough drugs.


Informed patients make better consumers

We should empower patients to make informed personal choices based on both clinical benefit and cost.


Patient costs matter

We must ensure that patients directly benefit from any savings in the healthcare system.


We should reward for value

The total cost of care and positive outcomes for patients should drive reimbursement policies.


We need sustainable solutions

We must foster system-wide reform, not simply short-term fixes.