Reducing Health-Care Costs in Corporate America
Breaking the Iron Triangle dispels the idea that health care can be delivered at a low cost and in a high quality manner that is accessible to all. Any attempt to implement this cost-quality-access trifecta will further bankrupt our nation and our corporations. $1.2 trillion of our annual health-care expenditures can be avoided by common sense life practices. We must shift the focus of health-care dollars from disease management to empowering individuals to be well. This is the multi-trillion-dollar national conversation to be had.This is a book for:
- Executives searching for ways to control corporate medical costs
- Individuals struggling to understand the confusion in our health care system
- Social Entrepreneurs seeking to make a positive impact on American life
Breaking the Iron Triangle asserts that we cannot change the cost structures of American health care until we shift fundamental assumptions about what it means to be healthy. Only by shifting the focus of health care dollars from disease-management to empowering individual wellness can we turn away from a war on disease and expand ways of living well and enjoying life.
Preparing our nation for a wellness-based future requires two main activities: encouraging entrepreneurs to seek profit-based solutions by investing in wellness programs, and ending regulations that inhibit diversity in health-care options.
Entrepreneurial investors must help us shift the focus of health-care dollars from disease management to empowering individuals to be well. Human resource departments within our corporations must be enabled to become profit centers benefitting both shareholders AND employees.
“The role of employers in improving public health has received minimal attention in discussions of health-care reform, even though the potential for achieving large-scale health and economic impact among working-age adults is undeniable. . . . By 2013 . . . we anticipate we will have saved the Company a cumulative $420 million over 10 years, and will contribute10 cents per share in 2013.”
— Catherine Baase, MD, Global Director of Health Services for the Dow Chemical Company, on February 23, 2009 in testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions