More than 250 million Americans have health insurance coverage. Yet the majority of these healthcare consumers have little understanding of how the healthcare system works or their role in it. They often experience confusion and frustration when they try to navigate their way through the tangled web of benefits and care. In this lucidly presented and forward-looking book, the author proposes a needed and workable solution to the challenge of providing affordable health care for all Americans. Margolis takes a fresh look at the healthcare system from the perspective of various industry participants, to reveal how the system can be adjusted to produce better results by combining information technology with the right incentives. Drawing on real-world examples from other industries such as retail and automotive that consumers can understand, Margolis describes how a better system can be designed and is in fact within our grasp. As both a healthcare executive and a healthcare consumer living with a severe chronic illness, Margolis offers a unique perspective that combines both management and consumer viewpoints. He understands health care and is able to evaluate it from the outside and inside as an overall system. His vision for health care is called Integrated Healthcare Management (IHM) and it employs a systems science approach to optimize the coordination of benefits and care to ultimately provide more value for every healthcare dollar spent. IHM is practical because it builds upon our healthcare model today and describes specific steps to create the system of tomorrow—affordably and sustainably. Both professionals working in health care and members of the public interested in a healthcare solution will find the insights in this book informative and useful.
"Although healthcare reform is one of the most complex and difficult challenges we face as a country, Jeff Margolis’s book The Healthcare Cure offers a new perspective on how to address this critical issue. Margolis understands the problem, and his Integrated Healthcare Management model could improve the administration of our system to allow better access, cost, and quality for every American."
-Tom Daschle, former US senator from South Dakota and former Senate majority leader
"This easily digestible call to action combines information technology and value-based solutions to
solve the seemingly insurmountable health system challenges that we as individuals, and as a nation,
face every day."
-William Frist, former US senator from Tennessee
"Balanced, insightful, and well written, The Healthcare Cure highlights systemic flaws in our unnecessarily complicated healthcare system and proposes straightforward, understandable solutions."
-Michael V. Drake, MD, chancellor at the University of California at Irvine
"I highly recommend this book to everyone who is impacted by the healthcare industry—which means every one of us."
-David A. Shore, PhD, associate dean and director of the Forces of Change Program at the Harvard School of Public Health
"Margolis takes our complex healthcare system and lays it out in real and no-nonsense terms. Every reader will walk away knowing how the system works, where and why it is broken, and what to do to fix our US healthcare system for the long term. . . . This refreshing perspective is a must-read for all who seek a powerful spark for the much-needed process of change."
-Thomas Main, US healthcare leader and partner at Oliver Wyman Group