President Elect Donald Trump has a unique opportunity to fundamentally disrupt a fragmented, expensive, inequitable, and illogical healthcare system by
making a “deal” that puts patients first.
It’s our chance to ensure that healthcare will finally enter the consumer revolution.
Every millennium there is a confluence of events whereby fixing the existing reality is not enough, but rather a new model needs to be created. Steve Jobs did it by turning Apple from a computer company to a digital experience company.
Changing the reality of healthcare won’t be easy, but it can be done. We are already seeing 12 disrupters that enable transformation—disrupters that transcend politics.
My book, We CAN Fix Healthcare: The Future Is NOW proposes that we get over ourselves and for democrats and republicans alike to agree on 12 disruptors for the demise of the old healthcare.
What are these disrupters?
Some involve turning healthcare into consumer facing business, in which new generations, new consumers and new entrepreneurs will outstrip our traditional business models.
Some are opportunities we can and must embrace to change the reality of healthcare disparities, physician practice and the tortured path of reimbursement.
Addressing these disrupters will enable President Trump and the new administration to move forward with alacrity. The time for political rhetoric is past. It is time for meaningful action.
This is why transformation is much more than ACA.
ACA did what it intended to: Increase access. But we have in no way disrupted the system enough to break the iron triangle of access, quality and cost that healthcare economist Bill Kissick, M.D., spoke about 50 years ago.
Here’s my manifesto for change. I remain completely optimistic about transformation.
And that’s my message as a new administration settles in: Embrace transformation.
By Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA
President and CEO
Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health
Editor-in-Chief, Healthcare Transformation