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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.; 1 edition (February 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161234156X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612341569
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dr. Schimpff collects the insights from front-line health-care leaders to explain the coming disruptive changes that will impact our care delivery, and he offers sensible advice on what government, medicine, and individuals can do to improve care delivery while reducing the costs."—Dr. Mehmet Oz

"This book could not have arrived at a more opportune time. With unsustainable costs coupled with a fragmented delivery framework, health care is in urgent need of reform. Dr. Schimpff, a seasoned health-care executive, capably sheds badly needed light on an all-too-complicated subject."—Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS, CPE, FACOG, professor of medical science, former dean of medicine and biological sciences, and Frank L. Day Professor of Biology, Brown University



"At last we have a clear way through the morass of health-care delivery and its needed reform. Dr Schimpff’s tour de force should be required reading for every member of Congress and every voter, all of whom need to know what is really at stake with health-care reform. This book tells it all—clearly, urgently, and without political agenda."—Stephen H. Zinner, MD, Charles S. Davidson Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and chair, Department of Medicine, Mount Auburn Hospital, Boston

"Everyone should read this book; it will open your eyes to the reasons why health care costs so much yet is beset with so many interminable problems. Dr. Schimpff is a master at converting the complex into the comprehensible. Whether you agree with all of his recommendations or not, he bases them on real facts."—Robert A. Chrencik, MBA, CPA, president and CEO, University of Maryland Medical System

"The health-care conundrum, representing almost 20 percent of GNP, challenges even the brightest minds. Dr. Schimpff’s insights and unraveling of a very complex industry will in fact help drive change in this country and influence the national platform. A must-read for all health-care executives."—Sarah E. Sinclair, MBA, BSN, RN, FACHE, executive chief nursing officer and chair of the Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence, Cleveland Clinic

"Dr. Schimpff’s refreshing refusal to take sides in the partisan squabble over health-care reform in Washington makes this book invaluable as a guide for those of us who will be making critical decisions in the near future."—Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)

"Without sacrificing a nuanced discussion of ideas, Dr. Schimpff explains clearly and persuasively what must be done to save, and to improve, health-care delivery in America. His engaging conversational style, unique insights, and fascinating treasury of cutting-edge information will leave lay readers and medical professionals alike turning the pages of his important new book. There are few more engrossing stories than the adventure of what awaits our minds, bodies, budgets, lifespans, and societies as new technologies change our world. Dr. Schimpff tells it with passion and an urgency that none of us can ignore."—N. J. Slabbert, coauthor with Aris Melissaratos of Innovation, the Key to Prosperity: Technology and America's Role in the 21st Century Global Economy

"Dr. Schimpff describes in easily understood language the shortcomings of the present system and the disruptive trends that must be addressed by governments, health care professionals, and individuals."—James Bentley, retired senior vice president, American Hospital Association

The Future of Health-Care Delivery is a brilliant synthesis of perhaps America’s greatest fumble. Dr. Schimpff dissects the U.S. health-care system with a razor-sharp scalpel and makes sense of a puzzle that has eluded this country for decades. Every business owner, politician, physician, hospital, health-insurance company, and patient should read this book. Patients would receive better care, health care would cost much less, doctors would have the time they need to coordinate care, everyone would get the care they needed, and we would all be healthier if the health-care industry would follow the principles laid out in this book. Thank you, Dr. Schimpff, for this most valuable contribution to one of our country’s greatest challenges.”—Darrell T. Moon, MHA, Chief Executive Officer, Orriant, Inc., a national wellness company, and Forbes leadership contributor


About the Author

Dr. Stephen C. Schimpff, MD is a physician and an acclaimed educator of medical students and resident trainees. He has more than twenty years of leadership experience, including directing a major cancer center and serving as the chief operating officer of a multi-hospital system and as th chief executive officer of one of America’s most recognized tertiary care teaching hospitals. He has published more than 200 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, edited three medical textbooks, and has published two books for general readers. Dr. Schimpff has lectured widely to professional and general audiences and is recognized for his unique ability to convert complex information into easily understood concepts. He lives in Columbia, Maryland.

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In his fifth decade as physician, educator and cancer researcher, Dr. Stephen Schimpff is one of the world's foremost experts on health care. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center, which includes the world's preeminent trauma center, an NCI certified cancer center, and one of the country's largest kidney transplant programs. The Medical Center admits nearly 40,000 patients per year, mostly for complex tertiary care, and employs more than 5,000 people with a budget of about $1 billion. Dr. Schimpff also is a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine where he teaches residents and fellows in oncology and infectious diseases and is a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, College Park.

From the bedside -- where he treated patients with acute leukemia and lymphoma, to the boardroom -- where he served as the CEO of a major academic medical center, Dr. Schimpff has witnessed firsthand the explosion of diagnostic and treatment technologies, including the emergence of the genomics revolution. He also has dealt with the frustrations of trying to manage a large-health care organization in an ever-changing health care landscape

He appears frequently on national television as an expert on healthcare and has a gift for explaining the complexities of health care delivery and the science of medicine in layman's terms. His passion for advancing health care for future generations is embodied in his three books on the topic for the general public, including the newly published The Future of Health Care Delivery - Why It Must Change and How It Will Affect You..


In addition to his work in educating the public about how changes in the healthcare landscape will affect them, Dr. Schimpff is internationally recognized for his cancer research at the University of Maryland and the National Cancer Institute. His research focused on the causes, prevention, and treatment of infection in cancer patients undergoing aggressive therapy. He has published more than 200 scientific articles on cancer oncology and healthcare and is board certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and medical oncology.


Dr. Schimpff also has been a board member of companies seeking to advance medical devices and technologies and was the lead consultant to the US Army on patient safety in the "OR of the Future." He also conducted a major study of "The Hospital of the Future" for the Army and was asked to participate in a congressionally-mandated review of the construction of the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

An Eagle Scout, Dr. Schimpff is a 1963 graduate of Rutgers University where he was a Henry Rutgers Scholar. He obtained his M.D. degree in 1967 at Yale Medical School, where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha national honor medical society.

Dr. Schimpff has been married to Carol Rawstrom Schimpff, a retired architect and pension fund asset advisor, for 48 years. They reside in Columbia, MD and have a cabin in Canaan Valley, West Virginia where they live their passion for the outdoors. They have a daughter, son-in-law, and two wonderful grandsons living in Los Angles.

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It behooves everyone who cares about their health to read this book!
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Dr. Schimpff's latest book provides an outstanding, and comprehensive, overview of the current state of the health care system in America.
H. A. Smith III
As a lay person I found the book to be not only informative and insightful, but very readable.
Philip H. Grantham

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shaker Cherukuri on February 28, 2012
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I just received the book today and started reading it. What piqued my interest in this book was Dr. Stephen C. Schimpff's article on Kevinmd blog titled "America has a medical care system not a health care system". This book appears to expand on the ideas enumerated in that article.

Dr. Schimpff states that the PPACA reform is focused on expanding coverage to the uninsured and not the root cause(s) of the rising medical care cost. The biggest issue in the US is the alarming rise of Chronic illnesses - Diabetes, cardiovascular, stroke, auto-immune, Cancer. These chronic illnesses are responsible for 70% of medical care costs in the US.

The US spends $8000/year per person on medical care, almost twice the next biggest spender, but does not rank anywhere near the top in infant mortality rate or life expectancy.

Dr. Schimpff's contention is that life style choices and behavior is the main culprit: Tobacco, Diet, Exercise (lack of), Alcohol, Auto accidents, Sexual Behaviours and Illicit Drug Use. Infections and Toxic Agents being the other major causes.

His recommendations for the Delivery system are to shift the focus to complex, chronic illnesses while establishing good patient co-ordination via primary care physicians and preventive care. He also recommends error proofing the care delivery service.

His reform recommendations are to provide access, insurance, care providers payment system reform, delivery tied to payment, Cost optimization via the aforementioned items.

He talks about several misconceptions about the PPACA reform. US has the best health care system is a fallacy. The reform will advance medical science and improve delivery which he says is not true.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darrell T. Moon on March 6, 2012
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The Future of Health-Care Delivery is a brilliant synthesis of perhaps America's greatest fumble. Dr. Schimpff dissects the US health-care system with a razor sharp scalpel and offers incredible reason to a puzzle that has eluded this country for decades. Every business owner, politician, physician, hospital, health insurance company, and patient should read this book. Patients would receive better care, health-care would cost much less, doctors would have the time they need to coordinate care, everyone would get the care they needed, and we would all be healthier if the health-care industry would follow the principles laid out in this book. Thank you Dr. Schimpff for this most valuable contribution to one of our country's greatest challenges.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James E. Ross, MBA, FACHE on May 1, 2013
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Written for a layman to understand, the book examines a complex issue that consumes almost 20% of our economy. This book is an eye-opener for a topic that will consume a disproportionate amount of our time maneuvering through the complex healthcare industry. A must read by all!

James E. Ross, MBA, FACHE
President and CEO, Chester River Health System
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dean E. Calcagni, M.D. on March 20, 2013
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Understanding health care delivery in the United States is like the story about the blind men and the elephant - it depends on one's perspective.

Steve Schimpff is uniquely qualified to understand our health care delivery from several perspectives. During his long and distinguished career, Steve has had experience both as a clinician and a researcher. He has also been the CEO of a major medical center. Now with the publication of his second book, Steve has proven himself as an accomplished author. This book reflects not only Steve's experience, but also the combined input of the numerous sources that Steve has tapped in conducting his extensive research for the book.

Our health care delivery systems are complex and have proved resistant towards attempts at cost containment while maintaining quality. There are no glib answers, but if anyone understands the problems as well as knowing the steps that we need to take, that person is Steve Schimpff.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James G. Kagen on July 27, 2012
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In this, his most recent book, "The Future of Health-Care Delivery: Why It Must Change and How It Will Affect You," Dr. Stephen Schimpff presents for the layman and the healthcare professional the most coherent, understandable and interesting story of our healthcare system--where it is, thus why it must change and what's it going to be for you. He tells us what healthcare is today: its great capabilities and value; its structural problems; its poor organization, outsized errors, huge costs; and the current healthcare and insurance system's lack of interest in and efforts to keep us healthy. Elsewhere Dr. Schimpff calls our healthcare system a "medical care" system, one where generally we treat folks after they're sick instead of helping them stay well. He tells us why this is neither desirable nor economically or ethically sustainable, especially as our society ages and our kids and all of us need more help to get care.

Even more important, he takes us through many of the solutions he sees and how they will affect us. Some of these are already in medical practice like robotics, proton beam therapy, individualized cancer chemotherapies, all unimaginable a few years ago. He tells us about the expanded and now essential role of information technology in clinical practice, e.g. for robotic surgery as well as in managing medical records, e.g. so rapid nurse and physician care coordination can occur. He also talks about key organizational changes in medical practice like the "medical home" primary care model which provides more comprehensive primary care.
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