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Health Care Will Not Reform Itself: A User's Guide to Refocusing and Reforming American Health Care (Hardcover)

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Health care reform is within our reach. According to George Halvorson, CEO of the nation's largest private health care plan, only by improving the intent, quality, and reach of services will we achieve a health system that is economically feasible into the future.

This year, Americans will spend 2.5 trillion for health services that are poorly coordinated, inconsistent, and most typically focused on the belated care of chronic conditions. What we have to show for that expenditure is a nation that continues to become more obese, less healthy, and more depressed.

In Health Care Will Not Reform Itself, Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson proves beyond a doubt that the tragically inconsistent care that currently defines the state of U.S. health services is irresponsible, irrational, but more importantly, fixable. With detail that might shock you, he shows why the nonsystem we now use is failing. Then, applying the same sensible leadership that makes Kaiser the most progressive health care organization in the world, he answers President Obama's mandate for reform with a profound incentive-based, system-supported, goal-focused, care-improvement plan.

Halvorson draws from respected studies, including his own, and the examples of successful systems across the world to show that while good health care is expensive, it is nowhere near as costly as bad health care. To immediately curb care costs and bring us in line with President Obama's projected parameters, he recommends that we:

Take a preventive approach to the chronic conditions that account for the lion's share of medical costs Coordinate patient care through a full commitment to information technology Increase the pool of contributors by mandating universal insurance Rearrange priorities by making health maintenance profitable Convene a national committee to "figure out the right thing" and "make it easy to do"

While this book offers sage advice to policy makers, it is also written to educate the 260 million stakeholders and invite their participation in the debate that is now shaping. What makes this plan so easy to understand and so compelling is that it never strays from a profound truth: that the best health system is one that actually focuses on good health for everyone.

All royalties from the sale of this book go to Oakland Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved.

About the Author

George C. Halvorson served as chairman and chief executive officer of Kaiser Permanente from 2002-2013. Kaiser Permanente is the nation's largest nonprofit health plan and hospital system, serving more than 9 million members and generating $55 billion in annual revenue. He is now Chairman and CEO of the Institute for InterGroup Understanding and also chairs the California First 5 Commission. The Institute works on issues of ethnic and racial conflict. The Commission works on creating optimal health and learning opportunities for the children of California under the age of five years. Halvorson was recently honored with the 2013 HISTalk Health Care IT Lifetime Achievement Award as well as America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award and National Action Network's inaugural Health Care Award. In 2012, he was the social media chair for the Global Health Policy Forum and was named No. 6 on Modern Healthcare's annual 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list. Halvorson has written six health care reform guidebooks, including Ending Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Disparities in American Health Care, Health Care Will Not Reform Itself: A User's Guide to Refocusing and Reforming American Health Care, Health Care Reform Now!, Health Care Co-ops in Uganda, Strong Medicine, and Epidemic of Care. In 2012, he published KP Inside: 101 Letters to Us at Kaiser Permanente, which is a compilation of letters he has written to KP employees each week since September 27, 2007. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Halvorson was president and chief executive officer of HealthPartners, headquartered in Minneapolis, for nearly 18 years. With more than 30 years of health care management experience, he has also held several senior management positions with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and Health Accord International.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781439816141
ISBN-10: 143981614X
Publisher: Productivity Press
Publication Date: May 2009
Pages: 159
Language: English