Optimistic Healthcare Expert Joe Flower shares why he believes that “Do healthcare better, and the deficit disappears” on the Conversation Crossroad radio program.
Joe Flower, a veteran healthcare industry insider claims that we are asking the wrong questions and missing the real story behind one of the biggest arguments in our country.
In a new book, speaker and consultant Joe Flower goes public with what he calls the biggest secret in healthcare: The real solution to healthcare is already starting to happen — if you know where to look. “It amazes me,” he says, “that people still know so little about the radical positive changes happening in healthcare right now — and the real forces causing those changes.”
According to Flower, “In 1980, healthcare took no more of a bite out of the U.S. economy than it did in other developed countries. By 2000, healthcare cost twice as much in the U.S. as in most other developed countries, and it still does. We can change that.”
If that does change, the federal deficit will disappear “like frost on a spring morning,” he says. If it does not happen, no amount of cutting NASA, education budgets, the National Parks, or even the defense budget will ever get the U.S. out of its deficit hole. Those budgets simply are not big enough compared to healthcare.
“If we want to save this country,” says Flower, “we have to do something serious about healthcare costs. Luckily, we now know what to do — and it’s not in any legislation.”
In Healthcare Beyond Reform: Doing It Right For Half the Cost, Flower points out that half of all healthcare spending goes to only 5% of the people. “But we are doing little to work with that 5% to keep those costs down. It’s a gold mine.”
It’s not about rationing, or “cost cutting,” says Flower: “Cost cutting doesn’t cut costs.” It’s not even about who pays — government or employers or health plans. “It’s really about who you pay to do what. We’re doing it all backwards, and the costs are killing us.”
Joe Flower is the CEO of the Change Project, Inc., based on a big red converted tugboat in Sausalito, California. The 30-year independent industry analyst’s clients have included the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Department of Defense, the American Hospital Association and numerous hospitals, health plans, employers and pharmaceutical companies.
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