Be prepared to kick the status quo

Be prepared to kick the status quo

Jefferson Health CEO Dr. Stephen Klasko: Be prepared to kick the status quo

Written by Tamara Rosin
Originally posted June 21, 2016

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, president and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, says the U.S. healthcare system continues to be plagued by some of the same problems it’s been facing for the last 30 years, but the next 30 years will mark an era of unequivocal change in the industry, according to

Dr. Klasko, the keynote presenter at the Maimonides Society’s 30th anniversary on June 9 in Allentown, Pa., said fighting the status quo will be inextricable from efforts to produce meaningful change.

“There’s pain involved with disruption,” said Dr. Klasko, according to the report.

In discussing some of the details of his recently published book, We CAN Fix Healthcare: The Future is NOW, Dr. Klasko opened up on some of his criticisms of the healthcare industry, which he said is slow to change. Furthermore, he said resistance to change is partially to blame for out-of-control healthcare costs and marginal change in the fee-for-service model, according to the report.