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The Future of Health-Care Delivery: Why It Must Change and How It Will Affect You Hardcover – February 1, 2012
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Schimpff proposes that we all pay high deductibles for our health care insurance, so that we appreciate what our Health Care insurance costs and therefore don't misuse it. He fails to recognize that (1) Millennials - AKA those who won't ever get sick - immortals - won't pay high premiums with high deductibles because they "don't need it." (2) Poor people simply won't pay high premiums for high deductible policies because they simply can't afford it, or would prefer to feed their families instead. (Is that so hard to predict?)
Both of these would defeat the whole purpose of Universal Health care: cover everybody so as to reduce the average costs, and to stop the dependence on Emergency rooms by those who can't or won't pay health care insurance costs.
A big disappointment from someone who should know better.
Dr Stephen Schimpff is a veteran author and covered the following major topics very well:
1. A Vision for Healthcare Delivery in the 21st Century
2. Megatrends in Medical Care Delivery
3. The Cost of Medical Care in America
4. Healthcare Reform
I believe it was the third topic that I got the most out of. Primarily because unlike other authors who talk about the ACA and the state of our current system in such a way as to FIX THE BLAME on someone or something; rather Dr. Schimpff attempts to define and then FIX THE PROBLEM.
I believe Dr. Schimpff takes a very proactive approach to his recommendations. One of the main ones that I found very enlightening was “In short, we need a major overhaul of the entire system that realigns incentives and balances fundamental rights with corresponding responsibilities.” When you think about it, balance rights and responsibilities is an approach that attacks the root cause of several healthcare delivery problems.
I believe that the author also supports “Integrity in Medicine” by suggesting that all parties come together, including patients, and agree on foundational principles of good patient care. He readily admits that everyone will resist the need to change (and be concerned with defending their turf), but if we can all agree that it’s important to do the right thing, then our solution will be the most effective, and least costly, for all of us.
I believe this book, and especially the recommendations made within, could be a major step forward to a better healthcare delivery system. Although it is three years old as I write this, it is needed now more than ever. Therefore I highly recommend it to all, those within and without the healthcare system.
James E. Ross, MBA, FACHE
President and CEO, Chester River Health System
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.Read more ›
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A good read for anyone looking to better understand the current problems that plague the U.S. Healthcare system and one expert's insight into possible solutions. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rob Cobo
Well written summary of challenges health care system in the US currently faces. It also offers explanations for why we are where we are and helpful solutions. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tatiana V. Sanses MD
Dr. Schimpff takes the convoluted subject of healthcare delivery and methodically breaks down the issues that are causing its current failure. Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by David McIntyre
Stephen Schimpff is a scientist at heart and in a very deliberate manner examines what he defines as 22 misconceptions about Healthcare in the United States. Read morePublished on March 6, 2014 by Dennis R. Schrader
Dr. Schimpff cuts through the hype and gets down to the important and critical issues facing healthcare delivery today. Read morePublished on March 5, 2014 by jonathan schafler
Written and focusing on the physician's point of view. It has some valid points, but I wouldn't buy it again unless it was used and inexpensive.Published on February 1, 2014 by G. Baker
This is an excellent book in which the author describes in some detail a vision for high quality, affordable health care in this country. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by John B. Hayhurst
Definitely a book to add to arsenal if you're trying to get a handle on the industry. It's got its finger on the pulse of the where industry is headed.Published on June 21, 2013 by jha
Whether we like it not, health care policy and the dynamic changes that are occurring within America's health care system are complex, controversial, and historic. Dr. Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by Jonathan D. Fleece