The Six Words that Killed the American Health System with Josh Luke: PYP 310

Dr Josh Luke was enjoying his career in sports marketing when his grandmother got sick. He watched in amazement and frustration at the way she was treated when she didn't have the money for the treatments prescribed.

He saw the lack of communication and coordination among different nodes in the system. He saw the avoidable pain and suffering, and decided sports marketing wasn't important to him anymore.

Luke jumped into healthcare, and worked his way up from one CEO position to another, running larger and larger hospitals. And learning about – and tackling – the roots of the dysfunctions he saw from the sidelines of his grandmother's illness.

Now an author, speaker, academic, consultant, Luke shares his vision of the dystopian American healthcare landscape, as well as on-the-ground prescriptions for change.

In our conversation, we looked at the crazy economic incentives that drive much of the dysfunction. Including those six words – “Your insurance will pay for it” – that turns otherwise rational thinkers into unquestioning consumers of expensive, often unnecessary, and sometimes harmful treatments.

Luke encourages all of us to become EHC's – Engaged Healthcare Consumers – who evaluate medical treatment with the same eye toward value and risk as we deploy when shopping for cars, homes, toasters, and smartphones.

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Links

DrJoshLuke.com

Health-Wealth: 9 Steps to Financial Recovery, by Dr Josh Luke

Ex-Acute: A Former Hospital CEO tells all on What’s Wrong with American Healthcare, by Dr Josh Luke

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