In the battle for U.S. health care, patients and doctors are losing. Who Killed Health Care? shows how to win the war.
One of the nation's most respected health care analysts, Regina Herzlinger exposes the motives and methods of those who have crippled America's health care systemfigures in the insurance, hospital, employment, governmental, and academic sectors. She proves how our current system, which is organized around payers and providers rather than the needs of its users, is dangerously eroding patient welfare and is pushing costs out of the reach of millions.
Who Killed Health Care? then outlines Herzlinger's bold new plan for a consumer-driven system that will deliver affordable high-quality care to everyone. By putting insurance money in the hands of patients. removing the middleman in the doctor-patient relationship, and giving employers cost relief, consumers and physicians will be empowered to make the system work the way it should. Herzlinger describes in precise detail how her innovative program will provide.
Who Killed Health Care? is a call to arms that must be answered; the welfare of every American hangs in the balance.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Regina E. Herzlinger, often referred to as the "Godmother of Consumer-Driven Health Care," is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. She was the first woman to be tenured at the Harvard Business School as the Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration. Herzlinger is widely recognized for her innovative research in health care, including her early predictions of the unraveling of managed care and the rise of consumer-driven health care and health care focused factoriestwo terms that she coined.
Professor Herzlinger has been honored with numerous awards, including the American College of Healthcare Executives' Thompson Book of the Year Award twice and the Academy of Healthcare Executives Research Award three times. She received the Hospital Financial Managers Associations Board of Directors award and has been repeatedly selected one of the "100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare" in Modern Healthcare.
Professor Herzlingers authority on health care was solidified by the success of her previous books: in Market-Driven Health Care, she addressed the need to reform the way health care is supplied; in Consumer-Driven Health Care, she reviewed the way health insurance is supplied; and, finally, in Who Killed Health Care?, Professor Herzlinger issues a call to arms to revolutionize our health care system with a consumer-driven cure.
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"It's not the health care industry and the government that will transform America's
health care system. It's the people who will demand and define the right changes. Dr. Herzlinger
captures the long missing, and most important, voice in the health care reform discussions: the
"Professor Regina Herzlinger, one of our Nation's preeminent experts on Health Care, has
written in a bold and courageous fashion, a blockbuster exposť of the deficiencies in our Nation's
health care. In very precise and unmistakable terms, she has defined for the first time an
explicit set of initiatives, in a truly innovative and comprehensive approach that could
fundamentally alter a terribly dysfunctional health care system."
"Professor Herzlinger speaks out in this remarkable book. She has seen enough...enough greed
where our healthcare system is being ruined by insurers, hospitals, employers, academics and even
the U.S. Congress. She correctly states that, remarkably, the consumer, i.e. the patient,
essentially has no voice, no control, and no data on which decisions about his/her healthcare can
be made. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to really get the lowdown on what is
happening in our healthcare system. She doesn't pull any punches and proposes bold changes that
are necessary to restore power to the consumer, together with physicians, and end this
dysfunctional crisis in which our healthcare system currently finds itself."
"A wonderful Orwellian romp through issues which carry a deadly irony. The killers
of health care are, of course, the third parties, each of which has an itchy palm and a
commitment to profit or power which exceeds the commitment to service, with each engaging the
others within a politically shaped box. Rarely has the case for the public been made with so
much force, foresight, and wit, and a better way forward shown so clearly."
"As it becomes more and more obvious to everyone that our current
health care system is unsustainable, this is the book that had to be written."
"Regina Herzlinger's ideas to tackle the crisis of the U.S. health
care system are based on a keen knowledge of the system's existing difficulties
along with insights that introduce the reader to new streamlined choices
that have the potential of getting both quality and cost under control."
"Regina Herzlinger... offers a vision of the way things can be,
should be, and will be sooner or later. The only question is: how long
do we have to wait?"
"Regi Herzlinger has brilliantly articulated a better wayembracing
the principles of competition and innovation that cause every other sector
of our economy to thrive."
"Following on the heels of her landmark Market-Driven Health
Care, Herzlinger lays it on the line with her exposé of what
many who work in the health care industry have felt in their gut. Now
it is articulated in an entertaining and must-read portrayal, with you
and ire as the only way cut."
"A brilliant analysis... A must read."