Viewpoints

Opinion and analysis on managing care from experts and KOLs

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Craig Kasten
Health care is increasingly becoming like other retail encounters—a transaction between buyers and sellers. Patients, providers, payers—everybody needs to adjust. With the right technology and the will to change, the process of paying for health care can become as simple—and as painless—as getting a haircut.
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Zachary Hafner
At last count, the pharmaceutical industry’s new product pipeline included more than 7,000 products in late-stage development, roughly half of which are deemed “specialty.” The reality is, our health care system is poorly equipped to address this issue head-on.
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François de Brantes
It’s no mystery why this country has both the highest per capita health care costs and the lowest overall percentage of people with coverage. The two are connected, but as if on a teeter-tooter: As one goes up, the other goes down.
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Mark Nathan
Once they have the right platforms in place, insurers can layer on predictive analytics, digital medical records, and other innovations that promise to make health care costs more manageable—and in the process make health insurers more competitive with the likes of CVS and maybe, eventually, Amazon.
Editor’s Desk
Peter Wehrwein
Why it is a big deal… It’s Amazon It started with books. And remember when people were dubious about Amazon ever making money? This is a company that has changed how Americans shop, and, as a result, large swathes of the American economy. The Washington Post and Whole Foods are now in its trophy…
Editor’s Memo
Peter Wehrwein
As we went to press, the first of what may be up to 100 women were giving their victims statements against Larry Nassar, the former team doctor for the USA Gymnastics team. Nassar had already pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexually assaulting young girls, and prosecutors had recommended a stiff sentence…
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Zachary Hafner
Women are a key focus segment for health care organizations both because of the medical services they utilize as individuals and the influence they have on the health care of others. In one survey, 59% of women and 94% of working moms reported making or heavily influencing health care decisions for their entire families.
Book Review
Peter Boland
Elisabeth Rosenthal has a unique perspective on what ails the American health care system. She is a physician turned journalist who has some firsthand knowledge about what takes place in American hospitals and doctor’s offices, although her Wikipedia entry makes a point of describing her as a “non-practicing physician.”