IN THE MEDIA
Health ReformNow Or Later?
Investor's Business Daily, Editorial, September 19, 2007
Once the former first ladywho in 1993 failed spectacularly in her attempt to
nationalize the massive health care sector of the economy unveiled a new plan, the
issue was bound to zoom to the front of public discourse... Harvard Business School
professor Regina Herzlinger, author of "Who Killed Health Care?," which
calls for consumer-based, market-oriented reform, told Investor's Business Daily
that the costs of Clinton's new plan likely would reduce private-sector jobs and increase
outsourcing and other cost-saving measures by businesses...
Hillary Health Care II,
Ronald Bailey, Reason, September 19, 20077
Clinton's plan maintains the employer-based insurance system by mandating that large
employers continue to buy health insurance for their workers. As Harvard business school
professor Regina Herzlinger notes, such a mandate is indistinguishable from a
payroll tax... Herzlinger points out that if they are required to pay an additional
$5,000 for health insurance for a clerk earning $22,000, the companies will immediately
start substituting capital for labor. In other words, economically vulnerable clerks
would be fired...
Options key to reforming health care, Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, September 8, 2007
She backs universal health care. She can be trenchant in her criticism of hospitals,
health insurers and pharmaceutical companies. And she derides the notion that health
savings accounts alone can transform the health care system. Yet Regina Herzlinger also
is one of the most influential proponents of using the market to reform the health care
system... Herzlinger contends that by creating the right framework, the market can
make the health care system more efficient and more humane. The key will be giving
consumers more choices...
If Thompson campaign flops, Gingrich will consider jumping in race, Robert Novak, Chicago Sun-Times, July 1, 2007
Sen. Hillary Clinton recently conferred with conservative health-care analyst Regina
Herzlinger, who advocates universal health insurance provided by the private sector and who has
sharply criticized the 1994 "Hillarycare" as Clinton's "bid for a centrally controlled system.:
Herzlinger, a Harvard Business School professor, was one of several health-care experts heard
by Clinton during a two-hour "listening" conference call...
Statewide insurer extends its investment, influence, Daniel Axelrod, Scranton Times Tribune, July 1, 2007
"Yes, it's easier to have one big company that deals with everyone in Pennsylvania, but
does that benefit outweigh the cost of the possible competition that mergers eliminate?" said
Regina E. Herzlinger, Ph.D., chairwoman of Harvard Business School and author of Who
Killed Health Care?. "When there are oligarchies in the insurance market they tacitly
collude, because they understand that if they get too aggressive on price competition,
they'll have problems," Herzlinger added...
Health care film exposes sore issue, Daniel Lee and John Russell, Indianapolis Star, June 27, 2007
Regina Herzlinger, a professor at the Harvard Business School, said despite its shortcomings,
"Sicko" taps into an issue that is ripe for debate. "It's disgusting that a country as rich as
ours doesn't have insurance for everybody,' said Herzlinger, also a senior fellow at the
Manhattan Institute, a New York think tank. But she has major disagreements with Moore's
promotion of a government takeover of health care. "I don't want the government to run it. I
want you and me to run it"...
In Massachusetts, test for a pioneering health plan, Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor, June 27, 2007
"This plan will insure the uninsured. That's very laudable," says Regina Herzlinger of Harvard
University in Cambridge, Mass. But she'd like to see consumers empowered with more insurance
products in the "supermarket," and more information about their effectiveness. "I now know more
about that raisin bran than I do about the guy who's going to do [an operation]," says Ms.
Herzlinger, the author of a new book on healthcare...
Retailers Pin Hopes On In-Store Clinics, But Skeptics Remain, Peter Benesh, Investor's Business Daily, June 22, 2007
Given the stampede, you'd think in-store clinics must be a good business. But they have yet to
prove profitable, says Regina Herzlinger, a Harvard Business School professor and author of
the new book Who Killed Health Care?. "Their business model is questionable," she
said. "As stand-alone enterprises, they don't break even". . . It's a turf war, Herzlinger
says: "Doctors think convenience clinics will take away business, and they are certainly
correct." Doctors don't want to compete by demonstrating they provide better health care at
a better price, she says. "Rather than duking it out by proving they're better or cheaper, they
run to the legislatures," she said. "I think it's outrageous"...
The Coming Health Care War, Investor's Business Daily, Editorial, June 19, 2007
Michael Moore's new documentary, "Sicko," which opens June 29, has been screened to the press,
and it's powerful propaganda. In it, America is a country where health insurers and hospitals
kill people... "Federal subsidies enabled managed-care plans to attract customers by offering
benefits that other insurers could not," said Regina Herzlinger, a Harvard Business School
professor and author of the just-published "Who Killed Health Care?," which makes the
case for a new consumer-driven health system... Herzlinger offers as a model for reform
Switzerland's long-standing, market-based, consumer-driven health system. "Individuals in the
Swiss system can safely and effectively buy insurance from a large number of competent firms,"
she said. Universal coverage is required and prices for consumers are not risk-adjusted...
Is Health Care Making You Betteror Dead?, Sean Silverthorne, Working Knowledge for Business Leaders, June 4, 2007
Regina Herzlinger is not afraid to call them as she sees them. And what she sees looking at the
American health care industry is a bunch of killers. Not only are hospitals, insurers, employers,
Congress, and academics killing health care, they are also killing real patients, she asserts in
a new book, Who Killed Health Care?. We asked Herzlinger, the Nancy R. McPherson Professor
of Business Administration Chair at the Harvard Business School, to discuss her latest work and
her more than 30 years of research in the health care industry...
Health-care heretic, The Economist, May 31, 2007
Mrs. Herzlinger is America's leading advocate of market-driven, consumer-orientated health
reform... Now comes her latest salvo. "The US health-care system is in the midst of a ferocious
war. Four armies are battling to gain control: the health insurers, hospitals, government
and doctors," she writes at the start of her new book, Who Killed Health Care?. Then she
moves in for the kill: "Yet you and I, the people who use the health system and who pay for
all of it, are not even combatants". . .
Health Care Under A Research Microscope Sean Silverthorne, Working Knowledge for Business Leaders, May 30, 2007
The $2 trillion health care system is one of the United States' largest industriesbut one of
its worst performing by almost any measure other than technological innovation...
Professor Regina Herzlinger, who has studied the health care system for three decades, has an
even more damning critique: The current system, she says, "will kill us financially and
medicallyit will ruin our economy, deny us the health care services we need, and
undermine the important genomic research that can fundamentally improve the practice of
medicine and control its costs"... Within the last three years Herzlinger authored Consumer-Driven
Health Care and the new Who Killed Health Care?...
Health crisis is catching Dallas Morning News, Jim Landers, May 29, 2007
The American health care system is about to get a well-deserved whipping... In June, Harvard
Business School professor Regina Herzlinger jumps in with Who Killed Health Care? America's $2
Trillion Medical Problemand the Consumer-Driven Cure... Switzerland's approach takes
health insurance out of the hands of employers and puts it with the consumer. Everyone has to get
a policy. Eighty-seven insurance companies sell them, with the government subsidizing the cost
for those who can't afford it. If you don't buy a policy and you go to a hospital without one,
you'll get care, but you will also get a hefty fine...
Can CDH Resuscitate 'Dead' Health System? Herzlinger Thinks So
Inside Consumer-Directed Care, May 25, 2007
Her soon-to-be-released book, Who Killed Health Care?, isn't going to score Regina
Herzlinger any points with health insurers, hospitals, employers, lawmakers or academicswho
she names as the culprits in the slow (and costly) death of health care. In his review of the book,
James Fries, professor of medicine at Stanford University, says the third parties identified by
Herzlinger each have "an itchy palm and a commitment to profit or power." What can save this
$2-trillion industry, Herzlinger asserts, is a consumer-directed model where consumers and
doctors play a much larger role in the delivery of care...
Offers New Talking Points in Health Care Debate, Milt Freudenheim
and Liza Klaussmann, New York Times, May 22, 2007
Uwe E. Reinhardt,
a health economist at Princeton, said that based on reviews, the movie
[Sicko by Michael Moore] is "exaggerated, biting, unfair," but he added
that a number of recent books and reports by academic experts had been
at least as critical. He cited "Redefining Health Care," a book by Michael
E. Porter, a Harvard Business School professor, and Elizabeth Teisberg,
a Stanford University economist, along with "Who Killed Health Care?"
by Regina Herzlinger, also at the Harvard Business School. "My point is
we are on the verge of a populist reaction to the health system," Professor
Reinhardt said. "The American people are on the point of being fed up".
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Who Killed Health Care? Jamie Glazov, FrontPageMagazine.com, July 13, 2007
Frontpage Interview's guest today is Regina Herzlinger, a Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow who
was the first woman to earn tenure at the Harvard Business School as the Nancy R. McPherson
Professor of Business Administration. She has been dubbed "the godmother of consumer-driven
health care" by Money and a "health care heretic" by The Economist for her bold
consumer-oriented views. She is the author of the new book, Who Killed Health Care?
America's $2 Trillion Medical ProblemAnd the Consumer-Driven Cure...
Point of Contact, Q&A with Regina Herzlinger, Dallas Morning News, July 1, 2007
DMN: You champion consumer-driven care. What is that?
Herzlinger: It's a system in which consumers buy their own health insurance and pay
for their health care using tax-protected money. For example, Harvard would give me the money
they take out of my salary to buy my health insurance. I could use it to buy health insurance
or pay for health care...
Health Care Week in Review, June 16, 2007
Regina Herzlinger, professor of business administration at Harvard University and author
of "Who Killed Health Care?: America's $2 Trillion Medical Problem-and the Consumer-Driven Cure,"
advocates universal, market-based healthcare as the solution to the U.S. healthcare crisis.
(Watch video here).
A wonderful Orwellian romp through
issues which carry a deadly irony. . . Rarely has the case for the
public been made with so much force, foresight, and wit, and a better
way forward shown so clearly
James F. Fries, MD Professor of Medicine,
Stanford University School of Medicine