We speak with author Dan Munro, who is possibly the most quoted and the most controversial author in the healthcare technology niche. We are talking to him about his recently released book, “Casino Healthcare: The Health of a Nation. America’s Biggest Gamble.”
Dan says that what prompted his interest in writing the book was a 60 Minutes segment with author Michael Lewis. During the interview, Michael, in reference to high-speed trading, said, in paraphrase, “If it’s so complicated that you can’t understand it, then you can’t question it.” This hit Dan between the eyes, as that’s how the healthcare system is for many people. His book does a great job of explaining the ins and outs of the healthcare system and why it works the way it does, as well as his ideas on how things need to change.
In this podcast, you’ll hear about topics including:
- How the current four-party system of employer-provided health insurance was created.
- How the American Medical Association influences the cost of specialty care.
- Why prominent cases, such as the one between University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Pittsburgh’s largest medical insurer, Highmark, shows that the current focus in healthcare is on profits and revenues, and not safety, quality, or equality in healthcare.
- Some of the issues with Obamacare and what needs to change.
- Dan’s thoughts on electronic health records (EHRs) and data sharing, including why healthcare providers don’t want transparency when it comes to sharing patient data.
- How the future of healthcare is being affected by cybercrime, and why it matters.
- A discussion about why Germany’s healthcare system is a good role model for the U.S.
- What the future of healthcare and health coverage might look like.
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Tweetable quotes by Dan Munro:
The healthcare system is working as designed -- It just needs a new design. Click To Tweet
Your zip code matters more toward your healthcare than your genetic code. Click To Tweet
The idea that transparency happens outside of healthcare isn’t true. Click To Tweet
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