Nobel Economist: What It Will Take to Fix U.S. Healthcare

“America’s private health insurance system is far more costly with far poorer results than the public option programs in Europe.” So writes Nobel-prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz in his new book.  His solution to fix healthcare:  “people power.” His conclusion lines up with Fixing U.S. Healthcare blog. He agrees that the healthcare system needs more than the … Continue reading Nobel Economist: What It Will Take to Fix U.S. Healthcare

Healthcare Reform: New Resistance, New Traction

Business school courses on managing organizational change often begin with how to deal with resistance to change. They teach business leaders first to distinguish between true resistance – recognition by front-line staff of real obstacles – and pseudo-resistance, the natural human tendency to fear anything unfamiliar. We are seeing the emergence of true resistance this … Continue reading Healthcare Reform: New Resistance, New Traction

Healthcare Reform: Are Insurance Companies and Drug Companies the Culprits?

“We are at the mercy of the private insurance and pharmaceutical companies, whose greed dictates the cost of healthcare,” railed Democrat Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders in a recent campaign blurb. Are insurance and drug companies really the ones to blame for our healthcare problem – unsustainable costs and millions without access?  If so, are … Continue reading Healthcare Reform: Are Insurance Companies and Drug Companies the Culprits?

Healthcare Reform: “150 million Americans won’t give up their private health insurance to get Medicare for all.” Really?

Former Representative Jim Delaney (D-Md) threw down the gauntlet to the left-leaning attendees at the California Democratic convention on June 2 by challenging Medicare-for-all. ”The problem with Medicare for all, it’s actually really simple, is that it makes private insurance illegal. And 150 million Americans have private insurance, and 70% of them like it according … Continue reading Healthcare Reform: “150 million Americans won’t give up their private health insurance to get Medicare for all.” Really?

Walmart’s Care Bundling – Will It Fix U.S. Healthcare?

This month Harvard Business Review (HBR) published the dramatic results of Walmart’s innovative centers-of-excellence (COE) care-bundling initiative. Walmart’s third-party administrator, Health Designs Plus (HDP), claims that this approach saved Walmart $86 million on spine surgery alone over 3 years, and could “address the cost-and-quality dilemma and drive change nationally.” But will it? FixingUSHealthcare blog agrees that … Continue reading Walmart’s Care Bundling – Will It Fix U.S. Healthcare?