High Stakes

David A. Shore

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780195326253
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897285 | DOI:
High Stakes

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Modern healthcare has become a system of conflicts, in which diverse groups pursue their own interests at the risk of the system at large. Insurance providers want to reduce their payments, HMOs want to bring in more profit, research groups want to advance their agendas, and no one wants to work together. This book argues that when these stakeholders jockey for position, what results is the “tragedy of the commons”: the breakdown of the healthcare system as a whole by the competition of its parts. This book uses real-world examples to illustrate the fragile state of the healthcare system today, and offers feasible solutions to repair the system while making better business sense for the individual stakeholders. By working together to increase healthcare coverage, quality of care and patient satisfaction, the book contends that each player will ultimately make much greater gains than if they'd fought alone. At the same time, an improved, unified system increases the public's trust in the healthcare enterprise, which in turn makes better business sense for everyone.

Keywords: healthcare; insurance providers; HMOs; research groups; stakeholders; quality of care; patient satisfaction; healthcare enterprise

Book.  160 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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The Gordian Knot in High Stakes


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