Strategic Corporate Healthcare Philosophy(PDF)

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 Healthcare is at its defining moment. Plagued by crises in many countries that range from escalating costs to poor quality, and to inadequate access, and inequity, it seems to need ‘radical surgery’ to arrest its moribund trail. The reasons for these crises are legion, some generic, others specific to particular countries and locales. It is not that this situation is new. In fact, health systems in many countries have struggled over the years to remain viable, but seemingly to no avail. Rather, they have ended up guzzling public funds, in many instances with not much to show for it, evident in the sometimes-abysmal levels of their health quality indicators, which would make many wonder if there were no effective solutions to the healthcare delivery woes of these countries.  

Given the potential for change to seem to be disruptive and for routine to appear to stabilize the status quo, that there are entrenched attitudes, even at individual levels as regards approaches to health issues is hardly surprising. Yet, that motion implies change is indubitable, as is the preference by most for it to signify that our health systems would progress rather than regress. This underlines the irony of the persistence of attitudes predicated on shaky premises, which seems to retard progress if at all any exists, in many health systems worldwide. Otherwise, it becomes inexplicable that essentially ignoring the momentum of the immense opportunities and indeed, challenges that progress in medicine and technology, as in other domains that are equally key players in the healthcare delivery dynamics has failed to have any significant impact on health services delivery other than compromise it.

The question as to whether it is time that we tried something different is therefore, redundant, considering the price of tarrying not so doing. We have bandied figures on the numbers of the uninsured and on soaring and unsustainable health spending, among others long enough and we continue to ballyhoo dated solutions, regarding both of which, and that we must act now, and jettison political exigencies, and other constraints, to move our health systems forward along the path of progress, many would concur. The question is what we need to do, and how. This book attempts to answer this question. Indeed, in asserting that employer-sponsored health insurance, while not a panacea could potentially help address successfully, many of the key problems that health systems face today, as it would increasingly in the years ahead, we would no doubt unlikely soothe all nerves, literally.

Yet, this book lays bare our arguments for this position, on which eventual consensus is a realistic expectation, and goes further to discuss approaches that businesses could adopt to accomplish their healthcare services provision objectives and their important central roles in contemporary and future health systems. That firms would need to face up to these responsibilities rather than shy away from them is implicit in the realization of the benefits to them and their workers, in so doing. What are uncertain are which firms, at what rate, and to what extent would attain a realization that would likely lead them to embrace a notion that could confer on them, competitive advantage. Thus, and again, it is our expectation, that our contention in this book, might facilitate the imbuement with a culture that drives not just the flux of healthcare strategies, among firms, but also in their workforces, one upon which trust that in turn drives loyalty and commitment, crucial ingredients of enhanced productivity, predicates.  

This e-book would interest small and medium-sized businesses and large corporations alike. Healthcare providers, hospital staff and executives, policymakers, health insurance executives, software vendors and other healthcare ICT firms, the public, health advocacy groups, the media, government agencies, pharmaceutical and health insurance companies, industry analysts and leaders, and other healthcare stakeholders, would also find this book useful.