“INBW 12: Single Payer vs Consumerism, Healthcare Costs vs Insurance Costs – A Book Report (Inbetweenisode)”
by Stacey Richter

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Today, I talk about six books which I have read in the past 8-12 months, so you can decide which ones you’d like to read, and which ones you want to skip.

Stacey is co-president of Aventria Health Group, specializing in helping employer, pharmaceutical, device and pharmacy clients by creating partnerships with other health care organizations. For twenty years, Stacey has innovated better-coordinated health solutions benefiting all stakeholders, and most of all, the patient.

This episode compares how six authors approach the topics of Healthcare, Business, Medicine, Aging Populations, and Digital Health. In the initial list of books announced in the podcast, The Digital Doctor is left out. The complete list of books discussed, all of which have redeeming qualities, are:

1.  Catastrophic Care: How American Healthcare Killed My Father and How We Can Fix It by David Goldhill

2.  An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How to Take It Back by Elisabeth Rosenthal

3.  America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System by Steven Brill

4.  The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is In Your Hands by Eric Topol

5.  Curing Medicare: A Doctor’s View On How Our Healthcare System is Failing Older Americans and How We Can Fix It by Andy Lazris MD

6.  The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age by Robert Wachter


00:00 Catastrophic Care: Consumerism and Conservatism.
02:00 Diverging from normal Economic Systems.
02:30 The island of Healthcare.
02:45 More Suppliers, More Demand?
06:00 Listen to Inbetweenisode 10 for more information.
08:45 Health Insurance vs. Healthcare.
10:00 What the Market will bear is the price that’s being charged.
10:50 Single Payer Systems; Public Hospitals?
12:00 The 80/20 Healthcare Problem.
13:00 How a Social Safety Net impacts Health Outcomes in Single-Payer Systems.
15:15 An American Sickness: Exploiting Charges for Healthcare Services.
17:20 Laws of Healthcare Business.
18:00 Curing Medicare: The Physician’s standpoint.
19:15 The Moral Hazard of Ignoring the Aggressive approach to Healthcare.
22:40 America’s Bitter Pill: The Politics behind the American Healthcare System.
25:00 The Patient Will See You Now: Optimism in Innovation and Invention in Healthcare.
26:25 “Are you a Disruptor, or are you part of the problem?”
28:15 The Digital Doctor: What Health Tech can bring, and the Cost of that Technology.

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