Steve Klasko on fixing healthcare

Steve Klasko on fixing healthcare

CEO assails nation’s costly, inefficient health care system

Written by Wendy Solomon
Originally posted June 20, 2016

Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health CEO and President Dr. Stephen K. Klasko says the country’s health care system is facing some of the same major problems that plagued it 30 years ago.

But monumental changes to health care will come in the next 30 years, and it won’t always be without discomfort to the status quo, said Klasko, the keynote speaker at the Maimonides Society’s 30th anniversary on June 9 at the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley in Allentown.

Klasko was the former chairman of the obstetrics/gynecology department at Lehigh Valley Hospital before becoming the dean of the medical colleges at Drexel University and the University of Southern Florida.

“There’s pain involved with disruption,” said Klasko, who managed to pepper his hour-long presentation to about 200 people with a healthy dose of humor.

Klasko, who discussed some of the details from his recently published book, “We CAN Fix Healthcare: The Future is NOW,” had harsh criticism for the medical establishment, which he said is slow to change. That resistance is one of the reasons health care costs have been continuing to spiral and there has been little change in the fee-for-service system, he said.