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We Can Have Health Care at Half the Cost? Yes!

It’s mostly about who gets paid and what we pay them for

Published: Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 16:21

(Productivity Press: Boca Raton, FL) -- There is a secret inside health care, and it’s this: We can do health care for a lot less money. The only way to do that is to do it a lot better. We know it’s possible because it is happening now. In pockets and branches across health care, people are receiving better health care for a lot less. Some employers, states, tribes, and health systems are doing health care a little differently.

Healthcare Beyond Reform: Doing It Right for Half the Cost, by Joe Flower (Productivity Press, 2012), explains how this new kind of health care is not about rationing and cutbacks. It’s not about getting less; it’s about getting more—getting better and friendlier health care, where you need it, when you need it.

View abstracts of all chapters here.

How? The answer is mostly not in Washington; it’s not conservative or liberal. The answer is mostly not about who pays for health care. The answer is mostly about who gets paid, and what we pay them for.

Healthcare Beyond Reform shows you how the system works. It explains how we got here, why we pay so much more than anyone else, and why we don’t get what we pay for.
You’ll learn the five things health care can do to turn this around. You will see what some employers are already doing to make that happen, and what patients, families, doctors, and anyone else who cares about health care can do to help make it happen. There are only five things to do, but we need all five. All of them can be done right now, with the current health care system as it is. Joe Flower shows you how.

“In 1980, health care took no more of a bite out of the U.S. economy than it did in other developed countries,” writes Flower. “By 2000, health care cost twice as much in the United States as in most other developed countries. We can change that.”

This book:
• Presents a practical and intriguing approach for organizations looking to thrive in a changing environment
• Includes interviews and case studies with successful leaders who have changed their organizations
• Discusses the biggest areas of waste in health care
• Looks at emerging trends in health care, including the digitization of health care, aging of baby boomers, and the aging of the workforce
• Provides guidance to health care providers, insurers, employers, and medical device manufacturers

Praise for Healthcare Beyond Reform

“Flower clearly outlines and untangles the many complex forces that act upon and create the U.S. health care ‘system,’” says Deryk Van Brunt, associate clinical professor, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and CEO of the Healthy Communities Institute, “More important, Flower thoughtfully proposes the way forward. This is an impressive contribution to creating better health and health care in the United States.”

“Joe Flower provides us all with reason for hope for the future of health care that we can make it better, faster, and cheaper no matter what happens in Washington or the state capitals,” says Ian Morrison, author, consultant, and fellow health care futurist. “Joe’s clear insight about meaningful transformation of health-care delivery, coupled with compelling stories from the front, provides a blueprint for organizations to make progress to a better future.


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About Joe Flower

Joe Flower is an independent health-care analyst and futurist, a veteran of 30 years of studying, reporting on, consulting with, and speaking to organizations across the industry. His clients spread from the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense, to Fortune 100 pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, and health plans, to local community hospitals, free clinics, physician groups, nursing associations, startup companies, and small employers. He is on the board of the Center for Health Design, and on the speaking faculty of the American Hospital Association.



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For more than 25 years, Productivity Press has developed the largest catalog available anywhere of publications and learning tools about lean methodology, continuous improvement, and operational excellence. It is currently the premier source of authoritative information on organizational transformation. Productivity Press is an imprint of CRC Press, a premier global publisher of science, technology, and medical resources. Its aim is to broaden thinking and advance understanding in the sciences, providing researchers, academics, professionals, and students with the tools they need to share ideas and realize their potential. CRC Press is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.