Consumer-Driven Health Care
Implications for Providers, Payers and Policy Makers
(Jossey-Bass, April 2004)
Edited by Regina E. Herzlinger
Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow
Increased consumer control of health care is shaking up the medical and insurance systems. In Consumer-Driven Health Care, Harvard Business School’s acclaimed professor Regina E. Herzlinger states that hospitals, doctors, benefits administrators, accountants, government policymakers, and insurers had better adapt or else they will be replaced.
Professor Herzlinger documents how the consumer-driven health care movement is being implemented and its impact on insurers, providers, new intermediaries, and governments. With additional contributions by health care’s leading strategists, innovators, regulators and scholars, Consumer-Driven Health Care presents a compelling vision of a health care system built to satisfy the people it serves.
This comprehensive resource includes the most important thinking on the topic and compelling case studies of consumer-driven health care (CDHC) in action, here and abroad, including new consumer-driven intermediaries for information and support; types of insurance plans; focused factories for delivering health care; personalized drugs and devices; and government roles.
Regina Herzlinger’s unique perspective covers both the theoretical basis of CDHC and the opportunity for innovation that CDHC offers. Her book is a volume that no leader in health care can afford to be without.
Regina E. Herzlinger is the Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. She is a prolific writer on the topic of health care. Her 2002 article on consumer-drive health care in the Harvard Business Review became an Amazon ebook best-seller. In her pervious book, Market Driven Health Care, Professor Herzlinger predicted the problems that managed care plans and vertically integrated health care systems subsequently encountered and introduced the concepts of “health care focused factories” and “consumer-driven health care” to a wider audience. The book won the James Hamilton Book of the Year Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2003, she was elected one of health care’s 100 most important people and awarded the HFMA’s Board of Directors award.