By Tom Banning
Dave Chase, a friend of mine who was a longtime contributor to Forbes among other magazines, spent the better part of the last three years traveling the country documenting the multitude of failures of our health care system (pricing, contracting, lack of transparency, conflicts of interest), but more importantly identifying simple and tested solutions employers and some local governments have utilized to decrease their total health care spend.
His efforts have culminated in a compelling, must-read book, “The CEO’s Guide to Restoring the American Dream.” We’ve partnered with Dave on several physician–employer community events and in return, he has thoughtfully offered members and friends of TAFP a complimentary digital copy of his book. Below, I’ve provided a link to his TED Talk, “How Health Care Stole the American Dream,” as well as a link you can use to download a copy of “The CEO’s Guide to Restoring the American Dream.”
Given the failure of the U.S, Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and the on-going challenges facing the Teachers Retirement System and the Employees Retirement System of Texas, not to mention Medicaid, it should be obvious that government alone is not going to fix our health care system. The solution will come from employers, who provide coverage to 120 million Americans. Employers and government hold tremendous leverage to help shape the way we deliver and pay for care. “The CEO's Guide to Restoring the American Dream” examines real-life successes and show how we can replicate them.
I encourage you to share this with your friends and colleagues and members. Get your copy of Dave’s book here: healthrosetta.org/tafp.