Shift Shapers Podcast

04 Oct 2015

Ep #78: Fortress and Frontier, Part 1: Why Healthcare Innovation is Lagging Behind Other Industries – With Robert Graboyes, MSPA, PhD.

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In this episode of ShiftShapers Podcast, we are privileged to welcome a leading economist and thought leader in our field, Robert Graboyes. Bob is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University where he examines the economics of healthcare. His paper, “Fortress and Frontier in American Health Care” (link below) caught my interest and I invited him to discuss that – and much, much more – on the podcast.

We begin our conversation by exploring why he once referred to health care as an “Economic Oz.” We touch on the implications of the ongoing left-right political struggle over the health care. For good measure, we also delve into the ancient paternalistic tradition of physicians, and how that has contributed to the fortress vs. frontier mentality.

Join us discover why Bob believes that healthcare has been unwilling or unable to take on disruptive innovation like many other industries today and what we can do in order to allow for these beneficial changes to happen. You won’t want to miss the this interesting and informative discussion – or part 2 next week!

What You’ll Learn From This Episode:

  • Why ACA is “an unworkable vision with multiple applause lines.”
  • What Robert means by “Fortress and Frontier.”
  • Why healthcare innovation has lagged behind other industries.
  • How much of the overall problem is due to seeing this as a “demand” rather than a “supply” issue.
  • When and how did we go from insurance to prepaid health care.
  • What we can learn from WWII Pacific operations.

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