As a business woman, I focus a lot on the numbers!

The “numbers” tell me what is “out of the norm” – what needs attention – what needs immediate triage and then how to prioritize the necessary changes.

AND when it Comes to our Health Care – There are A LOT OF NUMBERS

  • The cost of American health care is nearly twice that of any other nation.
    • Today, the United States spends $3 trillion a year (the equivalent of the entire federal government budget)
    • Approximately $10,000 per person per year
  • In 2000, the United States spent $4878 per person
    • A decade later it was doubled to $8402
    • By 2016, it exceeded $10,000
  • Yet the United States ranks deal last in life expectancy for men and second to last for women
    • We rank LAST in infant mortality
  • About 40 people die of preventable medical error every day –

Dr. Robert Pearl the author of Mistreated: Why We Think We’re Getting Good Health Care and Why We’re Usually WRONG is joining us this morning to explore what is driving the cost of health care at several times general inflation and what needs to happen to improve all of those numbers –

Dr. Robert Pearl is the former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group (1999-2017), the nation’s largest medical group, and former president of The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (2009-2017). In these roles he led 10,000 physicians, 38,000 staff and was responsible for the nationally recognized medical care of 5 million Kaiser Permanente members on the west and east coasts. Recently named one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 most influential physician leaders, Pearl is an advocate for the power of integrated, prepaid, technologically advanced and physician-led healthcare delivery.

He serves as a clinical professor of plastic surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine and is on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he teaches courses on strategy and leadership, and lectures on information technology and healthcare policy.

In 2017 he authored “Mistreated: Why We think We’re Getting Good Healthcare—And Why We’re Usually Wrong” a Washington Post bestseller that offers a roadmap for transforming American healthcare. All proceeds from the book benefit Doctors Without Borders.

From 2012 to 2017, Pearl served as chairman of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP), which includes the nation’s largest and best multispecialty medical groups, and has participated in the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Delivery System Reform and Health IT in Washington, D.C. 

Thank you for taking time out of your holiday weekend to talk with the listening audience about this important subject –

First, let’s talk a little about the symptoms that demonstrate what’ wrong with our health care delivery system

Then, move on to the diagnosis of why

  • Who
  • Where
  • Why
  • Legacy –
    • Insurers
    • Hospitals
    • Doctor specialty societies
    • Drug and Device manufacturers