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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. 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
(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
(Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS, CPE, FACOG)

"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
(Stephen H. Zinner, MD)

"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
(Robert A. Chrencik, MBA, CPA)

"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
(Sarah E. Sinclair, MBA, BSN, RN, FACHE)

"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)
(Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger)

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books; 1 edition (February 1, 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert D. McConnell on December 3, 2015
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A whacko solution to a very serious problem.

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.
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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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I recommend this book to anyone who is open to exploring the MANY reasons why the US healthcare system is out of control. Dr. Schmipff's ability to explain these complex issues in a way that everyone can understand them and be motivated to be part of the solution to this conundrum. Americans want the best healthcare possible, but that's not what we're getting. Our healthcare costs are out of control, docs feel pressured to limit time with patients so they can see as many people per day as possible and patients want our docs to know us as individuals, not just another patient with "ABC" disease. Dr. Schmipff's a master at getting us back to basics while showing us the future of care delivery and all it entails! Jonena Relth
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I found this book to be very enjoyable and informative. In looking back over the book as I write this review, I see underlines and highlights (and little orange sticky-notes) all the way through.

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.
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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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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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