Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Over Our Heads: An Analogy on Healthcare, Good Intentions, and Unforeseen Consequences

I just read this great book, it reads like fiction, but sadly it's not. It's an analogy, maybe you could call it a parable. Once I got started into the story I wanted to keep reading to find out how the character would solve his dilemma. It’s the story of the owner of a small family owned grocery store that is struggling to provide service to his customers in the face of well-intended but not well thought out city regulation.  Maybe I understood his dilemma more because we have a bookstore. Each new regulation makes his job harder and shifts the costs from a select few customers who need help buying groceries to the shrinking pool of those who can afford to pay. In Over Our Heads: An Analogy on Healthcare, Good Intentions, and Unforeseen Consequences the impacts of regulations on a fictitious grocery store are related to the impact on a real health care provider, from a small clinic to a large corporate hospital by noting in inserted notes the history of health care regulations from the Great Depression until today.  In reading the book, I could also see how my own health insurance choices have changed much like the food buying decisions of those in the story.

The author Rulon Stacy, is CEO Poudre Valley Health System, a resident of Fort Collins, a former bishop in our Stake, a customer, and a friend of ours. His leadership in his field has been nationally and locally recognized.   (Read More)

 "Every grocer, car dealer, car manufacturer, steel industrialist, software entrepreneur, restaurant owner, and hospital, resort, and airline CEO needs to read, take heed, and plead for change-if they don't want to hang out a 'going out of business' sign. Rulon Stacey's Over Our Heads isn't a fable; it's a serious reality check."  D.A. Benton, Author, CEO Material

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Costs continue to soar, and Americans already crippled by a sluggish economy struggle to pay escalating insurance premiums. Politicians, entertainers, and other public figures regularly demonize healthcare professionals as the ones who created this situat... (Read More)

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