Fairview Health CEO: Managed care is not the answer

Neither fee-for-service healthcare nor managed care is good for patients, writes Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services President and CEO James Hereford in a column for the Star Tribune.

Fee-for-service encourages unnecessary use of care, but its alternative — managed care — is no better, he writes. While managed care has improved the quality of care and helped slow cost growth, it limits patient choice and comes with a heavy administrative burden, according to Mr. Hereford.

"Both paths create an inferior experience," he writes. He suggests a third path, with transparent prices, informed consumers and healthcare that is truly convenient for patients. Read the full column here for more.


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