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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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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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Notwithstanding the author's efforts, this book is extremely difficult to read at least in the Kindle edition. I estimate there are 1,000 typographical errors, misspelled words, incorrectly capitalized words, etc. The publisher needs to 're-edit this book and provide a corrected version to all who have purchased it.
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.