Disrupting the status quo of healthcare

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ECG’s radio show and podcast, Healthcare Upside Down, offers unfiltered perspectives on what’s working in US healthcare and what’s not. Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on ECG's website.

Hosted by ECG principal Dr. Nick van Terheyden, each episode features guest panelists who explore the upsides and downsides of healthcare in the US—and how to make the system work for everyone.

Our healthcare system is broken. The most recent Commonwealth Fund report, Mirror Mirror 2021: Reflecting Poorly, compares 11 high-income countries’ healthcare systems and their outcomes across five domains. Despite the US spending far more of its GDP on healthcare than any of the other countries, we rank last in every category but one. “We the people” are not getting the value we want or could get from the healthcare system.

Meanwhile, business is faltering under the weight of healthcare costs, which in the United States are linked to employment. Employers know they need to change the economics, but the healthcare system is filled with a few large companies that dominate the space. They own the payment streams. They own the delivery options. They own the marketplace. And they push back on any change that affects their bottom line.

Dr. Brian Klepper is a healthcare analyst, commentator, and entrepreneur. He is the CEO of Worksite Health Advisors, a benefits consultancy focused on linking high-performance healthcare organizations with purchasers. Talk with Brian for just a few minutes and you’ll quickly realize how fed up he is with the status quo of healthcare and the industry’s resistance to disruption. “The only way out is to find new entrants into the marketplace that can make purchasers a deal they can’t refuse in terms of better health outcomes and lower costs,” he says. Click here to continue>>

 

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