When running for office, President Obama pledged to expand health insurance coverage while reducing the cost of care by $2500 per year for the average family. Skeptics scoffed that industry insiders would block this goal in defense of their interests. Now George Halvorson, CEO of the nation’s largest health care delivery system, says reducing costs while expanding coverage not only should be done, but can be done, and tells us how. His book highlights the important role and many forms of connectivity in health care: electronic medical records for patients and physicians, registries and care coordination programs for chronic illness, mandates and exchanges for health insurance, the alignment of culture and incentives among the many contributors to the wellbeing of patients.
— Dr. James Robinson, PhD, MPH Professor of Health Economics, UC Berkeley
Clear, concise, and compelling, George Halvorson’s latest contribution clarifies why we must change, how we must change, what we must change, and when we must change. The answer is now. Drawing on the learnings from Kaiser Permanente’s transformation to a fully digitally enabled, integrated system of care, George Halvorson shows all of healthcare how to focus on the right goals and improve our performance in reaching those goals.
— Ian Morrison Futurist; Author of The Second Curve: Managing the Velocity of Change and Healthcare in the New Millennium
George Halvorson offers a timely and compelling prescription to addressing the chronic ills of our health care system. One doesn’t have to agree with every proposal to appreciate the extraordinary contribution he has made here. Students of health reform would do well to consider this book as an invaluable text for our national public policy debate.
—Tom Daschle, Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
George Halvorson’s timing couldn’t be better and his message couldn’t be more valuable. He documents in clear, vivid prose why the health care system won’t reform itself which all employers and payers need to understand so they don’t miss this pivotal moment to dramatically reform health care. He offers information, evidence and practical solutions for aggressively attacking the "crushing burden of health care costs," as President Obama described our national challenge. Halvorson also provided ways we can sharply improve quality and safety, as well as save substantial dollars. He reminds us again, through many excellent examples, how essential it is to have electronic health records for effective, appropriate care at a reasonable cost. This book provides a great checklist for healthcare reform for the public and the private sector. I strongly recommend it.
— Helen Darling President, National Business Group on Health
Halvorson’s simple, direct writing style is remarkable for its clarity. He takes complex problems and makes them understandable. Halvorson’s experience as leader of one of the world’s largest and most successful implementations of health information technology makes his insights into that subject particularly valuable.
— Dr. Alain C. Enthoven, PhD Marriner S. Eccles Professor of Public and Private Management, Stanford University
Excellent and easy read.
Again, I recommend the book for those looking for more information on how the American health care industry can be reformed for the "public good."
My sister worked for a company that was insured by Kaiser and she was very impressed by the electronic medical record system at Kaiser.
Although the book arrived late, however, seller was able to waive the selling cost. I enjoy every page of the book and would recommend it to anybody interested in American health... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Chris madu
Halvorson does a great job highlighting why we need change US healthcare and how to do it.
Truly, it boils down to simple things like collecting pertinent information,... Read more
George is a well known and respected health care leader and has great insight into the industry from an insurance perspective. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Chuck Van Vorst
I would not have expected a compelling, engaging, witty book on this subject. I was braced for "dry." But anyone remotely interested in health care reform should read this book. Read morePublished on May 19, 2012 by Book Nut
Wonder why the the Affordable Care Act is 2600 pages in length and requires years to write proceedures to make it operational? Read morePublished on January 27, 2012 by Rob Ollivier
One of the most compelling reasons to read Health Care Will Not Reform Itself is the fact that it is written not by an academician, politician or even a doctor. Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by Matthew Theisen
It is a short read compared to most books on this subject. The book is crisp and focused right on all aspects of our problem with health care in the United States. Read morePublished on July 20, 2010 by ed glasser
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I moved from rural Virginia two years ago where I experienced good, but fragmented medical care,... Read more
"Health Care Will Not Reform Itself" presents documented and logical approaches to improving America's health care 'non-system. Read morePublished on April 1, 2010 by Loyd E. Eskildson